KDE applications will remember the position and size of your windows, and other news to come soon

Polishing the KDE image

Saturday at noon, that moment returns that we especially like those of us who use the KDE desktop. Although before they were published on Sunday, Nate Graham publishes an article every weekend talking about all the news in which the project of which he is part is working, and this week mentions a novelty that will make KDE app windows remember the last position and size for when we open them later.

As for "what's new," Graham has only mentioned the old one and two more. The rest of the changes are bug fixes and performance and interface improvements, but this week the list is much shorter than in weeks past. They continue to focus mostly on Plasma 5.20 and Frameworks 5.74, but also early fixes for KDE Applications 20.08. Below you have the list of improvements that the developer has advanced to us a few hours ago.

New Features Coming to KDE

  • KDE apps remember window positions, and will soon do so with sizes. This will be improved over time and will depend on KDE Frameworks 5.74 at least (Plasma 5.20 or 5.21).
  • If we try to create a Samba share but there is no proper Samba user configured, we are now warned of this and asked to fix it, instead of sharing the creation just failing silently (Dolphin 20.12.0).
  • Wayland's input-method-unstable-v1 protocol has been implemented, which opens the door for proper compatibility with the virtual keyboard in Plasma Mobile, among other benefits (Plasma 5.20)
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Bug fixes and performance and interface improvements

  • Clicking on the title of the song currently playing in Elisa, once again brings us to the "Playing" view (Elisa 20.12.0).
  • Fixed a bug that could cause KDE applications to not start under certain circumstances (Frameworks 5.74).
  • Fixed a crash in system settings when installing new items using the "Get New [Item]" dialog (Frameworks 5.74).
  • Lyrics metadata for audio files encoded more than 20 years ago in a version of macOS prior to OS X is now displayed correctly in all KDE software using the KFileMetadata framework, such as Dolphin and Elisa (Frameworks 5.74).
  • Fixed a crash in KRunner when there is no Firefox profile (Plasma 5.20).
  • Kamoso's folder chooser dialog no longer has blurry pixelated icons when using a fractional scale factor (Kamoso 20.08.1).
  • The Samba Sharing dialog now displays a warning if you try to configure a share in such a way that it is mostly broken (Dolphin 20.12.0).
  • The Device Notifier applet now displays a combo box in the main user interface that allows you to choose what it displays: removable devices only, non-removable devices only, or all devices (Plasma 5.20).
  • Discover's "Add Source" dialog now opens with the text field in focus by default (Plasma 5.20).
  • When switching virtual desktop with the desktop cube effect, all windows docked to all desktops now float above the cube by default (Plasma 5.20).
  • The options available for desktop icon sizes now follow a more regular progression; There is no longer such a big difference between the two largest sizes, nor such a small difference between the two smallest sizes (Plasma 5.20).
  • Discover's 'Task Progress' sheet now closes automatically if it is still open when the last task completes (Plasma 5.20).
  • There is no longer an unnecessary horizontal scroll bar in Okular's configuration window or in the Power Management configuration window (Frameworks 5.74).
  • Global menu applet menus now have proper visual padding (Frameworks 5.74).

When will all this come

Plasma 5.20 is coming October 13. Although it has not been mentioned in this article, we remember that Plasma 5.19.5 will arrive on September 1. KDE Applications 20.08.1 will arrive on September 3, but there is no scheduled date for KDE Applications 20.12.0 yet, other than knowing that they will be released in mid-December. KDE Frameworks 5.74 will be released on September 12.

To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the KDE Backports repository or use an operating system with special repositories like Kde neon.

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