This week in KDE: Get new clipped subsurface Dolphin folder sizes

This week a lot of work was put into improving the reliability of the “Get new [thing]” feature integrated into many KDE apps and System Settings pages. Also, several Wayland improvements landed, including subsurface clipping. Finally, a major Dolphin feature request was implemented, allowing the display of on-disk folder sizes! There are also scads of other things, so read the full list and be happy:

New Features

Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

User Interface Improvements

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30 thoughts on “This week in KDE: Get new clipped subsurface Dolphin folder sizes

    1. Small improvements like these tend to only get implemented when someone submits a patch. Maybe you? 🙂


  1. Wow, I wanted to have for years folder sizes!
    I could never figure out why it’s so hard to implement that even Windows doesn’t have it.
    I was thinking that every time a file is written to the disk, its size can be counted and added to its parent folder size counter and subtracted when it’s deleted.
    I don’t know how was implemented, but I’m very happy somebody has done it.
    I see something about a cache, I hope it doesn’t bring to much outdated or inaccurate numbers.
    Now Dolphin blows out of the water every file manager on any OS.
    I’m actually not sure what other feature I’m still missing from it.
    Maybe octal permissions display instead of the string version, I find octal ones easier to read and understand.
    For the file already exists window the arrow is very nice, but I still think that Windows 7’s one is better because it displays addition info about the differences which makes it very easy to quickly understand.
    I’m talking about the hints about new file where it says something like “this file is newer / larger”.
    Maybe it’s harder here to add something like that because the layout is horizontal, but I wouldn’t mind to have wider window for this addition hints to quickly understand if I’m replacing a file with a newer or older version.


  2. About ‘The file overwrite dialog now shows an arrow pointing from the source file to the destination file to help you understand what will happen’: The symbol in the screenshot is *not* an arrow. This is an arrow: →

    When I saw the symbol in the screenshot, I thought that it meant that the file on the left is has a larger file size (or is more recent) than the file on the right (useful information when determining whether one should overwrite a file).


    1. Thought the same. I guess it depends on the icon theme so it would show as an arrow on some themes. Breeze should redesign their arrows though.


  3. Love to see the applucation dashboard easily customizable and load faster with less ram usage when theres over a thousand application shortcuts in there. It really becomes unusable


  4. While I appreciate every single improvement you the whole KDE community do, this week I am specially happy with the changes in folder sizes for Dolphin and all the stuff related with “Get Hot New Stuff”.

    Thanks a lot! You do a really really amazing work


  5. I appreciate the works on wayland! I gave it a shot yesterday with fractional scaling and the font rendering is terrible in every aspect: native Qt apps were off in dpi scaling, plasma fonts were aliased, gtk apps were blurry, and firefox using wayland had no font aliasing support.

    Hopefully at some point this will be addressed because other than that it seems rather stable.


  6. Fantastic – All those new features. But I am not convinced that it will make it easier not to complain about the myriad of ancient bugs not being fixed for years in important applications like Gwenview.


    1. That is the silliest reply ever: Of course I would be very happy if I knew how to fix them.
      And I am sure you will not realize that your silly answer does not at all refute my argument.


    2. I was trying to gently guide you towards the reality of the situation, which is that every piece of software with unresolved bugs remains that way because there is a shortage of developer manpower to fix them. Complaining about it doesn’t help to fix the situation–in fact it can worsen it by making developers feel depressed, which makes them not want to work as much.

      If you want longstanding bugs fixed, you can fix them yourself, pay money to sponsor developers to fix them, or attempt to generate energy and positivity which motivates developers to fix them.

      Those are the effective options. All others are ineffective or counterproductive.


  7. I don’t want to be a complainer, and if you can explain and justify, please let me know. But I have tried to like KDE, and I know this sounds petty, but it pretty much dumps config files all over the place into the root of ~/.config, and that alone make me think this is all pretty amateur. I know that is petty, and convince me I am wrong if you would like, but why don’t you use a sub-folder or two to “namespace” some of this? Seriously, I won’t give KDE another try for this reason alone. Sounds petty, but seriously.


    1. Although I have many objections how KDE is currently evolving, I do not see your point.
      IMHO putting config files somewhere in the ~/.config/ tree is the correct Linux way to do it.


  8. “Fixed a crash on Wayland when dragging-and-dropping something from an XWayland-using window (e.g. Firefox) to a native Wayland surface (e.g. Dolphin or Plasma) (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.19.0)”

    Yeeeah, more Wayland improvements, finally, i know you’re working really hard, i’m not sure if this bug is exactly what i experience really often, that doesn’t allow me to drag and drop to reorder Firefox’s tabs, or moving out of the actual window, to create a new one, or moving tabs between windows, that’s really frustrating.

    I can’t wait even the month left to the official release date to Plasma 5.19, it really looks like is gonna be a really huge one :).

    Of course, all of the rest of the work seems nice too, but i focus on Wayland on Plasma, because that’s still a “trauma” at the present, i had to login to Xorg session a few days ago and today again, because i had to do a screensharing with a mates of mine, i hope this 2020 or at the latest, 2021 will have a healthy Plasma 5.x or 6.x with a features parity on Xorg & Wayland. I know you’re working really hard, and you’re gonna make it, i’m pretty sure of that.

    As always, an immense thank you is not enough to express what i feel about your amazing work and huge efforts to your/our software, but it’s a start.

    You really rock as always, this 2020 is gonna be huge for the KDE Community, i’ve got a good feeling about this.

    Receive a huge virtual hug and of course, stay safe and stay happy.

    Bests ^^.


  9. It is no longer possible to assign shortcuts to programs and or application by the menu editor without the shortcut works running properly in order to boot that precise program and or application.


    1. Yeah, we do know. But we also know that filing bugs most often is lost time and effort.


    2. I’m sorry you feel that way, and I would urge you to give it another try.

      It’s true that not every bug reported gets satisfactorily resolved. But not reporting the bug in the first place *ensures* that negative outcome. You’re only hurting yourself by not reporting the bugs you’re hitting.


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