If you are regular readers of Ubunlog, surely it is not the first time that you read about the impressive leap in quality that the software of KDE in recent years. In fact, the author of this article tried unsuccessfully to use it many times in the past, but the problems he was experiencing kept him coming back to Ubuntu. It was in 2019 when I tried the KDE version of Ubuntu again and I don't think I'm moving anymore, but things have gotten even better in the year that is coming to an end today.
This is what Nate Graham has published on the blog where he also publishes the news that is about to reach the KDE world. Today, the last day of the year, he wanted to review all the major changes they have made in 2019, and they are not few. Among them we have many advancements in Plasma, KDE Applications and a special mention for Wayland. In this article you have a summary of all these achievements, but you have all the details in the original article which you can access from here! (In English).
Table of Contents
Wayland and KDE plasma
KDE Community remembers that they are still working on the migration to Wayland, but they have made significant progress. Where they do give us more information is on what has been achieved in their graphical environment, Plasma, mentioning news such as:
- Do Not Disturb mode for notifications.
- GTK3 window decoration support improvements. This allows many GNOME apps to seamlessly integrate into Plasma, among other things.
- Input panel for Emojis.
- Global editing mode for Widgets.
- Many organization and layout improvements in System Preferences.
- Night Color.
- Improvements in the wallpapers.
- The prompt in the systray when an app is using the microphone.
- Many improvements to Discover.
KDE Applications and Frameworks
In the article they also mention many of the improvements introduced in their applications and their libraries, some of them that work in combination, such as:
- Dolphin supports showing article creation dates, allows us to open folders from other apps, browsing history from a drop-down menu, animated previews or warns us when a volume cannot be dismounted saying what prevents us from doing so. On the other hand, it also shows thumbnails of Blender files, eBooks, .xps and Microsoft Office. That among other novelties.
- Gwenview now supports HiDPI, touch inputs and you can choose the compression level when saving images in JPEG format.
- Spectacle can open new instances and switch between them by pressing the print screen key if it is already running, configure its global shortcut from its settings window, copy the image to the clipboard after making it, auto-accept the draggable box in the mode of rectangular region and remember the last selected region.
- Okular runs much smoother, supports viewing and verifying digital signatures, and can navigate back and forth in touch mode. It also remembers the view mode and zoom settings.
- Kate has brought back the external tools plugin and can now display all invisible whitespace characters.
- Konsole has introduced the separate mode or Split View.
- Elisa It has improved a lot, with new functions and many internal improvements.
From the above, there are functions that are already prepared, but that will arrive in future versions of KDE Plasma, Frameworks and Applications.
And much more that they haven't mentioned
We have done a short summary of what Nate Graham has published in their article, a publication that has in turn been a summary of everything they have actually achieved. They have been left in the inkwell, for example, the novelties included in Kdenlive 19.12Probably because it is such a popular video editing software in the Linux world that it needs no introduction or promotion.
In short, those of you who read about all the news published every Sunday know that 2019 has been a good year for the KDE world, but 2020 can be even better.