This week in KDE: better environment variable support

New Features

KMenuEdit and the properties dialog now make it easy for you to set environment variables when opening your apps. This was always possible, but you had to know the secret special syntax (e.g. Exec=env FOO=1 kate); now the UI makes it easy and explicitly supported (Dashon Wells, Frameworks 5.101 and Plasma 5.27. Link 1 and link 2):

User Interface Improvements

The option to disable the Secret Service interface now clearly explains what this means and why you might want to do it (Guilherme Marçal Silva, KWalletManager 22.12. Link):

Discover no longer shows categories in light text on the app cards because it’s mostly visual noise, and it also once again has an “All Applications” category you can use to see all apps and limit a search to just apps (me: Nate Graham and Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.27. Link 1, link 2, and link 3):

When the Battery & Brightness widget is configured to show you the exact charge percentage on its icon, it no longer does so when the battery is fully charged, since this is obvious (me: Nate Graham, Plasma 5.27. Link)

In a variety of scrollable System Settings pages, the separator above the footer buttons now matches the separator above the “Highlight Changed Settings” button on the sidebar’s footer (me: Nate Graham, Frameworks 5.101. Link):

Significant Bugfixes

(This is a curated list of e.g. HI and VHI priority bugs, Wayland showstoppers, major regressions, etc.)

Vertically-arranged monitors are no longer slightly overlapping by one pixel, which can trigger various weirdnesses (Alexander Volkov, Plasma 5.26.4. Link)

Other bug-related information of interest:

Changes not in KDE that affect KDE

Firefox now supports the xdg_activation_v1 Wayland protocol, which means its windows will be able to raise to the top when a URL is opened in them from another app that also supports the protocol (Emilio Cobos Álvarez, Firefox 108. Link)

…And everything else

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8 thoughts on “This week in KDE: better environment variable support

    1. Agreed. The flash symbol to me indicates it’s currently charging, or maybe that it’s connected to a power source. BTW shouldn’t that be a thing? So there would be three different states, charging, discharging and fully charged but connected to a power source. All with different icons.

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    2. Elaborating on my comment: Quite a few laptops on this planet are connected to a powersource 24/7, be it because of a dead/dying battery or just bad habits, and there’s no need for the icon to display anything charge percentage-wise since a busted battery won’t charge or discharge properly anyway. In those cases a symbol like the one in the picture would be great, just to indicate that: “Heeey, we ain’t got spare juice but at least we got power!” Since linux is very common in older laptops, the dead battery issue is quite relevant.


  1. Wow I’ve been using Plasma primarily since 2018 and never knew KMenuEdit was a thing! Is there any reason that in the Application Launcher widget, right clicking an icon and selecting *edit application* brings up a different pop up instead of KMenuEdit?


    1. Probably because KMenuEdit is a Plasma-aligned app, while the dialog lives in KIO, which means it can be used in apps outside of Plasma.


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