This week in KDE: Distro upgrades for Fedora KDE in Discover

New Features

With the new XwaylandVideoBridge utility, you can now screencast native Wayland windows from Xwayland apps like Discord (Aleix Pol Gonzalez and David Edmundson, Link)

Dolphin now has an option to not change the information and preview shown in the Information Panel when hovering over files, and to instead only do so when deliberately selecting files (Oliver Beard, Dolphin 23.08. Link):

Context menu for Dolphin's Information panel showing the new "Show item on hover" menu item highlighted

Discover can now upgrade from one major version of Fedora KDE to another! (Alessandro Astone, Plasma 6.0. Link)

User Interface Improvements

When using multiple monitors that all have the same name and serial number, they are now visually distinguished from one another in various places by showing their connector names (David Redondo, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Using Kicker’s “Sort applications alphabetically” setting now removes any manually-placed separator lines between applications, rather than positioning them nonsensically (Joshua Goins, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

The text ” – Portal” is no longer confusingly appended to the window titles of open/save dialogs and authentication dialogs in portal-using apps (Nicolas Fella, Plasma 6.0. Link 1 and link 2)

The Breeze icon theme now includes beautiful new icons for the Night Color feature (Philip Murray, Frameworks 5.105. Link):

Significant Bugfixes

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

Our prior fix for Aurorae window decorations getting visually corrupted did not handle all circumstances, so we pushed a new one that does, which should fully correct the problem for everyone (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

System Settings no longer crashes when discarding changed settings on the Quick Settings page (David Redondo, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Red and blue colors of the cursor are no longer swapped when screencasting in some apps (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

You’re no longer offered the opportunity to set a screen resolution that, due to the particularities of the active graphics drivers, will cause graphical glitches or crashes (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Non-floating panels no longer have an excessively high minimum thickness when using Plasma themes that feature rounded corners with a very large radius (Niccolò Venerandi, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Switching Plymouth boot splash themes now works properly for distros that use mkinitcpio rather than update-initramfs (Antonio Rojas, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Fixed a way that the SDDM login screen could freeze for while when using the Breeze SDDM theme (Ivan Tkachenko, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

The Baloo file indexing service no longer adds index data for unprintable characters into the database, which could cause apps to crash (Igor Poboiko, Frameworks 5.105. Link)

Other bug-related information of interest:

Automation & Systematization

Added an autotest to make sure that Bug 465225 does not recur (Fushan Wen, Plasma 5.27.4. Link)

Changes not in KDE that affect KDE

When using a high refresh rate screen in the X11 session, QML animations no longer go too fast (Someone awesome in Qt, Qt 6.4. Link)

In the Plasma Wayland session, fast user switching now works (Fabian Vogt, SDDM 0.20. Link)

When using SDDM in native Wayland mode, it no longer inappropriately tries to launch xdg-desktop-portal-kde and causes it to crash in a loop (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, SDDM 0.20. Link)

…And everything else

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How You Can Help

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18 thoughts on “This week in KDE: Distro upgrades for Fedora KDE in Discover

    1. I’m not sure if it cleans up retired packages etc…
      It is implemented through PackageKit, so the exact behaviour depends on the dnf packagekit backend, which I did not dig into. My best bet would be ‘no’.

      It will also work on any distribution that implements the same PackageKit calls, and provides AppStream release data about the distribution.

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  1. “The Breeze icon theme now includes beautiful new icons for the Night Color feature”
    If the “On” icon uses a Moon because it’s intended to be used at night, why the “Off” icon doesn’t use a Sun?


    1. There is a third sun icon for a new daytime mode that isn’t ready yet to my understanding, but once it is there will be moon/night, sun/day & off.


  2. I’m very glad about discover news.
    Would be very nice to have that Discover-distro-upgrade feature backported to 5.27…

    (I’m also Glad to see another post… i was honestly a bit concerned when – in a saturday morning – there was no post!!!
    As someone that keeps a website updated monthly for 21 years now – and counting -, readers have no idea of some of the strugles we get “in real life”… and sometimes its easy to forget that there is another person on the other site of the news… i truly hope the delay was just because you “had a really heavy party last night” ahahahah)

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    1. And i though the IT people all loved heavy parties with loud music, complete caos, lots of beer and things like that (Joking, naturally ahahahah!!!)

      You’ve been running this blog non-stop for what? 5 years?!

      You do deserve a vacation!!!

      ……………just let us know about it with some… 10 years in advance… (yeah… i guess 10 years will do…….. :P)
      just to let “the plan sink in” and be psychologically prepared to get a weekend with “no news” ahahah XP


  3. Nate,
    Considering (and associated bug):

    does the discover distro-upgrade also work on openSUSE or not?

    I’m a bit confused and not sure.
    From what i read i believe gnome software was already working using the fix above…
    And with this new patch i was under the impression this would also apply to opensuse.

    Can you clarify?


    1. From what I’ve been told, it will work for any distro that exposes its own version information via AppStream. Fedora KDE does, but I don’t know if openSUSE Leap does.


  4. Thank you so much for making identical monitor models distinguishable. I have two identical monitors and I was never sure if I selected the correct one and had to go back and forth a lot until I got the one I wanted 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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