KDE reveals its plans for 2020. Will there be a new look for Plasma?

KDE in 2020

Yesterday, last day of 2019, Nate Graham gave a review to everything KDE had gotten in the last 12 months. Today, New Year's Day, he has done the same, but to tell us about some news that is to come in 2020. Graham mentions many things, some of them as safe and others as probable. Does not mention that Elisa will become the default Kubuntu player, so we say that and we leave it in the probable group.

As for Plasma and as we will detail below, they do not tell us about many of the news that they will include in 2020, in part because they are already publishing weekly the changes they work on. Yes first mentioned Plasma 5.19, although to say that some of the functions will not be available for the version of the graphical environment that will be released in February 2020.

What's new for sure in KDE in 2020

  • Support for accessing remote locations in non-KDE apps with FUSE mounts will be improved. To achieve this, they still have to improve:
    • Support for KIO: OPEN on KIO-FUSE.
    • File truncation support on KIO to support true random access read.
    • Adoption of this truncation support for Samba and SFTP protocols.
    • On-the-fly translation of network URLs to FUSE paths to ensure continuous mounting of accessed network resources.
  • Privilege escalation in KIO and Dolphin.
  • Enhanced Samba Sharing Discovery in Dolphin.
  • In tablets, convertibles and other hardware with sensors such as the gyroscope or accelerometer, auto-rotation will be available so that the screen is always on the right. Graham does not know if it will arrive in Plasma 5.18, but if it will almost certainly arrive in Plasma 5.19.

We will probably also have

Plasma desktop example

  • Implementation of more of the proposed visual design changes for the Breeze style and KDE applications. They have many plans and drafts of how they would like the design of Breeze (the theme), Plasma, and KDE applications to be. There is more information in this link, nothing confirmed, but Plasma could improve its image in the year that has just entered.
  • Improvements in the wallpapers in the funds repository.

Almost impossible for them to come to KDE in 2020

  • Scale factors per screen in X11.
  • Inertial Displacement in Plasma and QML Applications.
  • Session / power controls on the lock screen.

For those of us who are reading all the news that they mention every week, what was published today by Graham (here all the detailed information) can know little by little. And is that many of the most interesting functions are part of Plasma, so it is difficult to attract so much attention leaving the graphical environment on the sidelines. If there is something that really catches the attention of what is published today, it is the point at which they say that they are working to improve the image of a desk that many of us think is already very beautiful today.

What would you like KDE to include in its software in the year we started today?

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