This week in KDE: All about the apps

This week some of your favorite KDE apps got lots of positive changes! Dolphin, Kate, Okular, Elisa, Partition Manager, and Filelight all received some nice improvements.

In the background, Plasma 6 porting work continues. I’ve now got a working Plasma 6 dev session on my machine. It’s still rough, but it’s usable. Now I can see why more experienced contributors predicted the need to skip a release and give the initial Plasma 6 release at least an 8 month dev cycle, not a 4-month one. But fear not; it’s happening!

New Features

When Dolphin is in split view mode, there are now context menu items and keyboard shortcuts to let you quickly move or copy items to the opposite view (Méven Car, Dolphin 23.08. Link)

Links in files open in Kate are now clickable! (Waqar Ahmed, Kate 23.08. Link)

Note that for now this requires you to manually enable to “Open link” plugin, which is shipped by default but left disabled

User Interface Improvements

Partition Manager now finally has its own icon, instead of re-using Filelight’s icon (Gerson Alvarado, Partition Manager 23.08 and Frameworks 5.106. Link):

Filelight’s default window size is no longer too large to fully fit on a 1366×768 screen (me: Nate Graham, Filelight 23.04. Link)

Dolphin once again tries to tell you what to do instead of running it with sudo (me: Nate Graham, Dolphin 23.04. Link):

Terminal window showing the message: Running Dolphin with sudo is not supported as it can cause bugs and expose you to security vulnerabilities. Instead, install the `kio-admin` package from your distro and use it to manage root-owned locations by right-clicking on them and selecting "Open as Administrator".

Improved the RTL layout and focus indicator lines in various types of Breeze-themed buttons, checkboxes, and radio buttons (Ivan Tkachenko, Plasma 5.27.4. Link 1, link 2, and link 3)

Scrolling on the Task Manager and Pager widgets now works more reliably when you sometimes scroll using a touchpad and sometimes using a mouse wheel (Prajna Sariputra, Plasma 5.27.5 Link 1 and link 2)

You can now press-and-hold with a touchscreen to open a context menu for System Tray icons (Fushan Wen, Plasma 5.27.5. Link)

Scrolling over the Audio Volume, Media Player, and Battery & Brightness widgets now always raises or lowers the volume and brightness based on the direction of the scroll rather than respecting the natural/inverted scroll direction setting (Vlad Zahorodnii and me: Nate Graham, Plasma 6.0. Link 1 and link 2)

Streamlined the appearance of the “cool Plasma features” pages in Welcome Center (Oliver Beard, Plasma 6.0. Link):

Plasma Welcome window showing "Open Settings…"button in header area

When showing the logout screen by pressing the power button or Ctrl+Alt+Del, it now defaults to pre-selecting the “Shut down” action by default, rather than “Log out” (me: Nate Graham, Plasma 6.0. Link)

Significant Bugfixes

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

Fixed a way that Okular could crash when you try to save changes made after filling out forms in a document (Albert Astals Cid, Okular 23.04. Link)

When using Elisa in a language other than English, cover overlay “Play” and “Add to Playlist” buttons now immediately work on startup (Matthieu Gallien, Elisa 23.04. Link)

Fixed a complex multi-monitor bug involving misbehavior with KVM/headless setups that can sometimes prompt people to work around the issue by purchasing and using a bi-directional EDID emulator gizmo (Kai Li, Plasma 5.27.5. Link)

Fixed a recent regression in the size and sharpness of GTK CSD windows’ minimize, maximize, and close buttons when not using any scaling (Fushan Wen, Plasma 5.27.5. Link)

System Monitor sensors that use the “watt-hour” unit now display the unit correctly (Kai Uwe Broulik, Plasma 5.27.5. Link 1 and link 2)

On Info Center’s Networks page, the Refresh button now actually works (Harald Sitter, Plasma 5.27.5. Link)

Dragging from empty areas of the toolbar in Discover and many other Kirigami-based apps now always works, rather than only working on some pages/views and not others (Marco Martin, Kirigami 5.106. Link)

And last but not least… fixed a major source of the infamous Dolphin bug where folders don’t update in real-time when contents are modified in another app (Méven Car, Frameworks 5.106. Link)

Other bug-related information of interest:

Automation & Systematization

Added an autotest to test the various different ways that items can be opened in Dolphin (Felix Ernst, Link)

When you try to change translated text in a KDE git repo, a git hookscript now stops you, because translations are handed elsewhere and merged into the git repos via an automated process (Ben Cooksley, Link)

Changes not in KDE that affect KDE

Logging out of a Wayland session (not shutting down or rebooting, just logging out) now works as expected (Fabian Vogt, SDDM 0.20. Link)

…And everything else

This blog only covers the tip of the iceberg! If you’re hungry for more, check out, where you can find more news from other KDE contributors.

How You Can Help

If you’re a user, upgrade to Plasma 5.27! If your distro doesn’t offer it and won’t anytime soon, consider switching to a different one that ships software closer to its developer’s schedules.

If you’re a developer, consider working on known Plasma 5.27 regressions! You might also want to check out our 15-Minute Bug Initiative. Working on these issues makes a big difference quickly!

Otherwise, visit to discover other ways to be part of a project that really matters. Each contributor makes a huge difference in KDE; you are not a number or a cog in a machine! You don’t have to already be a programmer, either. I wasn’t when I got started. Try it, you’ll like it! We don’t bite!

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17 thoughts on “This week in KDE: All about the apps

  1. “Streamlined the appearance of the “cool Plasma features” pages”

    That doesn’t look as good as it could because bulleted text that is longer than a line does not respect the bullet’s indent. I suggest either making the text properly follow the bullet indent or not indenting the bullets in the first place.

    And unfortunately, kio-admin is currently in the KDE-Unstable Arch repo 😦 Any chance this might be promoted soon?


    1. The indentation wasn’t touched – I agree though, it’s not good. Not sure if we can preserve the indentation when breaking across lines, but I’ll look into it.

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    1. I guess one man’s feature is one man’s bug, though I certainly am glad to see it fixed, it was annoying for me to not see new files in my Downloads directory showing up.


    2. Well, it cetainly was a feature Indid not appreciate :-). I just thought it was intentional.


  2. Wow, that’s a 19 year old feature request implemented, excellent, Waqar Ahmed! (Links in files open in Kate are now clickable)

    Noticed in the external list of bugs fixed that there was some love for KDE Connect, which is very nice to see in a technology that I use to sell to people coming to the KDE ecosystem.

    I do like the changes to Welcome Center, which makes what you’re describing more immediately actionable to the reader.

    Very nice to hear about the detail work on the “Improved the RTL layout and focus indicator lines”.

    Also great to hear that the devs will take their time with the transition to Qt 6.


  3. “When showing the logout screen by pressing the power button or Ctrl+Alt+Del, it now defaults to pre-selecting the “Shut down” action by default, rather than “Log out””

    Thank you. I’ve always wondered why it was set to Log out by default, one of the least used options for me and the people I’ve set up Kubuntu for.


  4. “Now I can see why more experienced contributors predicted the need to skip a release and give the initial Plasma 6 release at least an 8 month dev cycle, not a 4-month one. But fear not; it’s happening!”

    Considering more than half of you don’t know why they’re there, what they’re doing or why something’s happening, not 8 months – 8 years won’t be enough to fix that desktop env. And as always you’ll wait for someone else to find a fix for your messes.


    1. Sorry, but that is just unnecessarily rude and not really based on reality, however you are free to dislike KDE.


  5. Hi Nate,

    Could you help out with this bug?

    I think it could be a candidate for those 15-minute bugs you seek. But I’m unsure I reported it correctly.
    Also, if you can pinpoint what I’m doing wrong with these kind of bug reports, so I don’t bother you with these kind of questions in the future?

    Thanks in advance!


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