KDE promises a lot of stability starting with Plasma 6.1, which is just around the corner

Tweaks in KDE Plasma 6.1

The sixes did not fall particularly badly in the environment KDE, but it could have been better. There is a lot to correct, and the fact that they have changed to Wayland by default has brought to light bugs that until then were hidden. The K project hopes to release "only" two versions of Plasma a year, but that will be when everything stabilizes and gains maturity. Reading the latest weekly news note, it seems that this state will begin to arrive with Plasma 6.1, which is just around the corner.

This week's note includes the news that they have delivered in the last 15 days, since Nate Graham, who publishes this information, was on vacation last year. The rest of KDE continued working, and many of the bugs they delivered will arrive in Plasma 6.1 and will improve the stability of the desktop.

New Features Coming to KDE

  • The Plasma Networks widget now supports WebAuth for SAML-based authentication (Joel Holdsworth, Plasma 6.2.0).
  • The network QR code that can be displayed in the Plasma Networks widget is now draggable, so we can get an image file of it wherever we want (Fushan Wen, Plasma 6.2.0).
  • The System Monitor data backend now supports getting pressure data from CPU/memory/IO/etc. from /proc/pressure/ (when supported by the Linux kernel) and display them on sensors. (Adrian Edwards, Plasma 6.2.0).

Improvements in the user's interface

  • Dolphin once again recommends installing Filelight if we try to get information about free space but it is not installed (Felix Ernst, Dolphin 24.08.0).
  • Passwords copied from KWalletManager are no longer visible in the Clipboard widget (Weng Xuetian, KWalletManager 24.08.0).
  • The Plasma panel settings dialog no longer hides individual widget popups while it is open (David Edmundson, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • In Plasma's Sticky Notes widget, the colors of the inline buttons already change with the system color scheme. They now also change depending on the color scheme you select for the sticky note. (Evgeniy Harchenko, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Removed the “Hide utility windows for inactive applications” option, because it was broken and apparently no one had noticed or reported it (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Searching in System Preferences no longer sometimes returns meaningless matches based on keywords that were implicitly linked in ways that didn't make sense (Harald Sitter, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • A better cursor icon is now used when dragging windows (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • On X11 with an NVIDIA GPU, a floating panel, and adaptive panel transparency, an unfortunate bug in the NVIDIA driver causes windows to slow down when moving and resizing them. For now, they have added a warning about this in the panel configuration dialog (Ivan Tkachenko, Plasma 6.2.0).
  • Improved accessibility of the common component Kirigami.PlaceholderMessage UI (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Frameworks 6.4).
  • The custom accent color feature (including “wallpaper accent color”) now does a better job of selecting colors for links that will be readable no matter what colors the base color scheme uses (Akseli Lahtinen, Plasma 6.1.0).

Correction of minor bugs

  • Fixed an unusual issue in Elisa that could cause it to fail to start with certain DBus configurations on certain distributions (Jack Hill, Elisa 24.05.1).
  • Fixed issue with Elisa not starting on Windows after a Windows integration library we were using was removed (Jack Hill, Elisa 24.05.1).
  • Elisa no longer crashes when trying to queue the contents of file system folders that don't actually have any music in them (Jack Hill, Elisa 24.05.1).
  • Spectacle's highlight annotation really stands out again (Noah Davis, Spectacle 24.05.1).
  • Fixed a way KWin could crash after the system wakes up from sleep with strange screens turning on strangely (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • KWin should no longer crash when applications do weird things and for some reason two drag operations end up happening at once (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Fixed a way KWin could crash on X11 when changing global themes (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Fixed a strange crash in KWin that could occur when keys were pressed on the keyboard during the exact moment that XWayland was disconnected (David Edmundson, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Fixed an issue where Plasma was using too much memory and/or freezing due to system notifications containing certain image sizes (Akseli Lahtinen, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • When changing the System Monitor widget located in a thick panel to the “Application Table” or “Process Table” display style, Plasma no longer crashes (Akseli Lahtinen, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Fixed the most common crash on the Firewall page in System Preferences, which could occur when changing settings and then changing pages (Nicolas Fella, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Fixed an extremely esoteric Plasma crash that occurred when repeatedly moving the pointer over certain menu items in the context menu of the subfolder popup of a folder on the desktop (Akseli Lahtinen, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • When we try to add a sensor to the System Monitor or one of its already added widgets, it now warns and prevents us from doing so, instead of allowing us to continue, which would silently break the display of all sensors (Arjen Hiemstra, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Connected devices that are kind enough to report the battery to Plasma no longer randomly disconnect for no reason (Ivan Tkachenko, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Some monitors that do unusual and exotic things under the hood no longer have their resolutions set to 640x480 after resuming sleep (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • The “Allow restore in future sessions” checkbox in the screen sharing dialog works again (Nicolas Fella, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Aurorae-decorated window title bar context menus are no longer misplaced in Wayland (Vlad Zahorodnii, Plasma 6.1.0)
  • Kicker's panel button is no longer too large with a thin panel (Niccolò Venerandi, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Connecting a new display that is larger than any of your current displays no longer causes you to get a small, limited version of the default wallpaper; now you get the correct size (Marco Martin, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • When you have a floating Plasma panel on an edge of the screen that is shared with another screen, it no longer pushes a strange blurry rectangle on the adjacent screen when unfloated (Niccolò Venerandi, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Using the “Application” or “Window” layout toggle mode no longer causes the Plasma systray popup to close immediately when we try to open it while the widget is located in a panel on the bottom or right edge of the tray. screen (Marco Martin, Plasma 6.1.0).
  • Shut down, restart, etc. Since KWin's Overview effect no longer causes it to freeze for 45 seconds before completing the operation (David Edmundson, Plasma 6.2.0).
  • Fixed a bug that caused Plasma desktop items to disappear until Plasma was restarted after their icons changed, either because they were changed manually or because they were automatically changed by something else, for example by putting items in the trash (Akseli Lahtinen, Frameworks 6.4).
  • Fixed a Qt regression that prevented toolbar buttons in QtQuick applications from showing that they had keyboard focus (Aleix Pol Gonzales, Frameworks 6.4).

In total, 294 bugs have been corrected in the last two weeks.

When will this all come to KDE?

plasma 6.1 will arrive on June 18, and 6.2 will land later, still without a scheduled date. Frameworks 6.4 will arrive on July 5 and KDE Gear 24.05.1 will arrive on the 13th of the same month. KDE Gear 24.08 will arrive in August and the usual release schedule will return

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.

Vía: pointieststick.com.

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