KDE improves the battery indicator in the system tray, one of the few new features this week


There has been no explanation, like when they have had a commitment, they have skipped an entry and the next they have talked about twice as many news. Today, Nate Graham has published this week's article on KDE shortest ever, and is included here when the original KDE Productivity and Usability initiative started. But, as they say, what's there, plays, and a note mentioning some future changes is already available.

Although there is no official explanation, looking at the list we can speculate on the reasons. In the past, Graham would write long lists in which he included everything they had done in the last seven days, and much of it was bug fixing. Last week they corrected 133 of the general list, and this 174 bugs have been fixed, four tens more. They are not bugs of any importance, so they have not been included in the list even though the work has been done.

News coming to KDE

Being a list with so few points, it is better not to separate it into sections. There is only one new function, which KMenuEdit and the properties dialog now make it easy to set environment variables when opening applications. This was always possible, but you had to know the secret special syntax (eg Exec=env FOO=1 kate); now the user interface makes it easy and supports it explicitly. It is a novelty that Dashon Wells has added and will arrive together with Frameworks 5.101 and Plasma 5.27.

KMenuEdit in Plasma 5.27

In the user interface improvements section, this week they have introduced:

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

Service Secret interface

  • Discover no longer displays categories in clear text on app cards because it's mostly visual noise, and also returns to having an "All Apps" category that can be used to view all apps and limit a search to just the apps. applications (Nate Graham and Aleix Pol González, Plasma 5.27):

Discover in Plasma 5.27

  • When the Battery and Brightness widget is set to display the exact charge percentage on its icon, it no longer does so when the battery is fully charged, as this is obvious (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.27).
  • On a variety of scrollable System Preferences pages, the separator above the footer buttons now matches the separator above the "Highlight Configuration Changed" button in the footer sidebar (Nate Graham, Frameworks 5.101).

They have fixed a minor bug, where portrait oriented monitors no longer slightly overlap by one pixel, a change that was made by Alexander Volkov and will arrive in Plasma 5.24.

When will all this come

Plasma 5.26.4 will arrive on Tuesday, November 29, Frameworks 5.100 will be available today and 101 on December 10th. Plasma 5.27 will arrive on February 14, and KDE Applications 22.12 will be available on December 8.

To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the repository backports of KDE, use an operating system with special repositories like Kde neon or any distribution whose development model is Rolling Release.

Information and images: pointieststick.com.

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