KWin developer Xaver Hugl put a lot of work into HDR support in KWin during the recent HDR hackfest and Plasma sprint, and as a result, the first parts have now been merged for the Plasma 6.0 Wayland session! This also lays the groundwork for color management on Wayland. It’s an interesting and complex subject, so if you’d like to know more, check out Xaver’s excellent blog post on the subject.
While you’re here, let me also do a bit of self-promotion. Fellow KDE contributor Neofytos Kolokotronis and I will be giving a virtual pre-Akademy talk at the University of Macedonia in a few days, on May 23rd. Learn more and register here!
Skanpage now exposes scanner-specific adjustment options like for brightness, contrast, gamma, and color balance (Someone still going by the pseudonym “John Doe”, Skanpage 23.08. Link)
Konsole now has a new “Monitor for prompt” feature that can be used to send a notification once a long-running task finishes (Matan Ziv-Av, Konsole 23.08. Link)
Kate’s LSP client support now supports the GLSL language (Marián Konček, Kate 23.08. Link)
Just like with volume adjustments (announced last week), you can now hold down the
Shift key while adjusting the brightness to adjust it in 1% increments for finer control (Fushan Wen, Plasma 6.0. Link 1 and link 2)
You can now apply file associations’ app ordering priorities to other file types in bulk (Marco Rebhan, Plasma 6.0. Link)
User Interface Improvements
Kate’s Debugger plugin has received various enhancements: interactive GDB navigation buttons in its toolview, a configuration window, and a clearer name (Akseli Lahtinen, Kate 23.08. Link 1, link 2, and link 3)
For those of you who were using the fact that Gwenview appears in its own “Open With” menu to open the current image in a new window, there’s now a new “Open in New Window” feature that does the same thing in a fully supported way (Eugene Popov, Gwenview 23.08. Link)
The Magic Lamp window minimizing effect now works and looks better with floating panels, hidden panels, and multi-screen arrangements (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 5.27.6. Link 1, link 2, and link 3)
When tiling windows, the gap value you choose now affects the gap between windows, not just between windows and screen edges (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
System Settings’ Activities page has been ported to QML and given a small visual overhaul in the process (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 6.0. Link):
We now use Switches instead of checkboxes for “instant apply” and “on/off” style actions in Plasma widgets, such as the Networks and Bluetooth widgets (Niccolò Venerandi and me, Nate Graham, Plasma 6.0. Link 1, link 2, and link 3):
Now that single-clicking on a desktop in the Overview Effect’s desktop bar only switches desktops with the effect, double-clicking it will now switch desktops and then exit the effect (me: Nate Graham, Plasma 6.0. Link)
Dolphin no longer shows a free space capacity bar for read-only volumes, because for those it isn’t very actionable (Kai Uwe Broulik, Frameworks 6.0 Link)
(This is a curated list of e.g. HI and VHI priority bugs, Wayland showstoppers, major regressions, etc.)
When Dolphin is configured to remember open tabs on launch, this now works again after it broke recently during the process of fixing a different bug (Méven Car, Dolphin 23.04.2. Link)
Gwenview’s “Open With” menu once again always opens the actual app you specified instead of a different one, after we broke this by removing Gwenview from its own menu, oops (Gwenview 23.04.2. Link)
The Properties dialog for files and folders on the desktop now shows its “Details” tab as expected (Méven Car, Dolphin 23.08. Link)
The “Software Sources” button on Discover’s Settings page now actually works (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
Discover finally shows the versions of updated Flatpak apps in the correct order, for real this time (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
Discover will no longer sometimes show a mysterious error message saying “No metadata URIs for vendor directory” (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
When using a Global Menu, GTK apps now display their menus correctly right after being launched, with no re-focus required (Severin von Wnuck, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
The global “Window to Next/Previous Screen” actions now send windows to the correct screens again (Natalie Clarius, Plasma 5.27.6. Link)
When using icons themes with non-monochrome action icons, various icons in various Kirigami-based apps are no longer sometimes inappropriately rendered in all black (Alexander Volkov, Frameworks 5.107. Link)
Other bug-related information of interest:
- 4 Very high priority Plasma bugs (up from 3 last week). Current list of bugs
- 50 15-minute Plasma bugs (up from 46 last week). Current list of bugs
- 136 Bugzilla tickets of all kinds resolved this week. Full list of bugs
…And everything else
This blog only covers the tip of the iceberg! If you’re hungry for more, check out https://planet.kde.org, 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, please please please start living on Plasma 6 and fixing bugs. It’s usable for daily driving (I’m doing so) but still very much pre-alpha and in need of work to get it into a releaseable state by the end of the year.
Otherwise, visit https://community.kde.org/Get_Involved 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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14 thoughts on “This week in KDE: Preliminary HDR support”
Hi, Will the switches be around and in the settings in the future, instead of checkboxes, or only in the Networks and Bluetooth widgets?
“Discover finally shows the versions of updated Flatpak apps in the correct order, for real this time”, says is for Plasma 5.26.7
Is a typo error?
As you can see, version numbers are hard
Glad to know that global menu of GTK apps now work without refocusing. However, global menu of GTK apps in Wayland do not work at all (https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=424485) (the workaround is to launch the apps with “GDK_BACKEND=x11”). Also, the global menus of some Qt apps are not displayed either ( https://forum.endeavouros.com/t/texstudio-does-not-have-global-menu-is-plasma-wayland/40761 ). It would be great if this behavior is fixed before the release of Plasma 6.0, since Wayland will be the default display server.
Is there a way to test Plasma 6 without building it from source? Does KDE Neon Unstable edition already provide Plasma 6? I will be happy to test.
As far as I can see here https://kde-applicationdata.c3sl.ufpr.br/neon/images/unstable/20230212-1117/neon-unstable-20230212-1117.manifest plasma version is don’t know if updates to 6. Kaos, celebrating their 10th anniversary, does offer an ISO with a plasma 6 preview, it’s not installable, live only, and it isn’t really usable (I tried it) https://sourceforge.net/projects/kaos-test/files/iso/
>We now use Switches instead of checkboxes for “instant apply” and “on/off” style actions in Plasma widgets
I know this is the trendy thing to do in UI design, but checkboxes are more visually clear. Sometimes newer things… are worse.
The only advantage I see to switches is that they communicate “instant apply”, but that can be equally achieved by replacing the apply/ok/cancel buttons with a “revert” button (or none at all).
> I know this is the trendy thing to do in UI design, but checkboxes are more visually clear.
> Sometimes newer things… are worse.
Agreed, switches are so bad UI wise both visually and to interact with. Added to that, very often they are made with coloring making them even more ambiguous.
Thanks for your work!
Please add an option to allow disabling fonts stem-darkening. This would be useful for users with retina screen, 200+ dpi (which normally does not need stem-darkening).
“Dolphin no longer shows a free space capacity bar for read-only volumes, because for those it isn’t very actionable”
Does it show total capacity and space used? Otherwise it’s removing information for people who work with volumes that are mounted as either read or write depending on task and parameters (such as VeraCrypt encrypted volumes).
“Konsole now has a new “Monitor for prompt” feature that can be used to send a notification once a long-running task finishes”
Ahhhh!!!!! I’ve been longing for this! THANK YOU Matan Ziv-Av! If we ever meet, I will gladly buy you a beverage of choice. 🙂
Thanks for all the great changes this week. It’s really exciting to see the progress being made every week. Keep it going!
I could make a native application to apply noise cancellation for both pulseaudio, pipewire as well as noisetorch but native to KDE. With this KDE will be great and complete. Thank you
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“You can now apply file associations’ app ordering priorities to other file types in bulk” … that will be very useful.
“We now use Switches instead of checkboxes for “instant apply” and “on/off” style actions in Plasma widgets, such as the Networks and Bluetooth widgets” … I like it!
“System Settings’ Activities page has been ported to QML and given a small visual overhaul in the process” … great to hear that this conversion process is still continuing.