This week in KDE: late holiday presents

Most KDE contributors are still recovering from their holiday vacations, but nevertheless the first of my 2020 predictions has been fulfilled: KIO now makes remote locations available to non-KDE apps using FUSE mounts! This brings us to full feature parity with GNOME’s GVFS system and makes it painless to interact with files in remote locations using apps like LibreOffice, Blender, and VLC. Full support will be shipped to users with the Dolphin 20.04 release.

More New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

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20 thoughts on “This week in KDE: late holiday presents

    1. It’s actually not specific to Dolphin at all, I was just using Dolphin as an example. Any file app that uses KIO to open a network resource in a non-KDE app will trigger a new behavior in KIO to secretly mount the location in /run/user/[pid]/kiofuse/ and pass the path to the mount to the non-KDE app instead of the raw network path. It works in Dolphin, Krusader, Konqueror, or any other file manager that uses KIO.

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      1. > Any file app that uses KIO to open a network resource in a non-KDE app

        How does KIO determine that the other app is a non-KDE app?

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  1. Fantastic news, another great week for the KDE Software, thanks to the amazing KDE Community :).

    Those 2020 predictions (the almost sure ones) are starting to give us happiness.

    I’m keeping an eye on a relatively new distro, Clear Linux, by Intel. It’s RR, comes by default at the GUI image with GNOME, but at their repos they’ve got KDE software (all the basic, included Latte Dock, KDE Applications, KDE Frameworks and KDE Plasma, of course). I wouldn’t even consider a distro which hasn’t got KDE software on their official repos.

    I can’t wait to see more improvements for Plasma 5.18 LTS and the rest of my beloved KDE Software.

    Thank you very much as always to everyone who makes all this terrific software possible.

    A huge hug to everyone ^^.

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  2. Wow the reply within the chat notification is awesome. By looking at the screenshot I assuming that it is notification via KDE Connect? If so will that work from most chat notification via KDE Connect?

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      1. I’m waiting for that as well. Without it there was no real SMS support in KDE Connect. Still, they are way behind projects like Pushbullet which allow us to browse all SMSes from the phone, replay seamlessly, start new conversation, look through contacts from the phone that we can add to the SMS, etc. This is something I expect so current SMS feature in KDE connect is not making any impression for me. Otherwise, KDE Connect is awesome but not in SMS department ;P.

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  3. ”KIO now makes remote locations available to non-KDE apps using FUSE mounts!”

    Wow, awesome to see such an important improvement just at the beginning of the year. 2019 was already amazing for KDE overall but with this speed it seems like 2020 will be even better. 🙂

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  4. I never knew that you can rename the trash can…
    I always hated the name which makes me imagine waste, garbage.
    I prefer the more ellegant way of how Windows calls it “Recycle Bin”.
    Also I think it’s more correct since sometimes you take files back from it. The 3 arrows on it also make sense.
    Plus, kids and people should learn very well that recycling should be the standard everywhere and not the consume and dump behaviour.

    Anyway, I like the KIO improvements.
    I hope that now I can play my movies with VLC from other computers in the network.

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    1. Yeah, morally recycling is the way to go. The dir could be called Deleted Files (which is dry and technical, but a bit more intuitive than Trash or even Recycle Bin). The trashcan symbol on the other hand, will be here to stay, because of the symbolism. If it has an unusual icon, people won’t know what it does. The 3 arrows can be nice, maybe both… A gray trashcan symbol with red or green tri-arrow circle instead of vertical bars. White stuff peeking out at the top if it has anything in it. Symbolic icon could be only the can, or only the arrows, and red in color.
      We also need an animation when a file is trashed. The user needs to know where it went. I suggest that the trash wiggles, becomes highlighted with gray or grows and retracts for a second or two, indicating that the file landed there. When perma-deleting a file, this shouldn’t happen, to include that it went nowhere. It is small animations like this that make any software feel responsible and intuitive.
      Nate, is there a Phabricator page for small animations like this, and things like password fields wiggling on incorrect password instead of the red warning message, consistently across the desktop from SDDM to admin prompts and router settings login dialogs (GNOME added this recently)?
      There could be also expalantive animations in settings, for example a symbolic desktop turning yellower in Night Color, or a symbolic gif of the selected alt-tab effect (or a video demo), etc…
      I believe that animations explain things better than words, and they are also international by default, without anyone translating them (flipping them horizontally would work in a rigt-to-left environment).

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      1. Not to my knowledge. Personally I’m very much in factor of more animations, as long as they’re subtle and tasteful and used to communicate status changes that the user might otherwise miss. We can’t go overboard or else people will hate them and disable all animations using the global animation speed slider.

        Please feel free to open a Phab task and mark it as a subtask of https://phabricator.kde.org/T10891.

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