The emoji will arrive in Plasma from next February

Emoji in Plasma 5.18

At the beginning of this decade, coinciding with the boom of (good) mobile operating systems, everything was emoji, emoji, emoji ... It is not that today they have forgotten them, but their news are no longer as important as before. These Emoji they are available as an option on smartphone keyboards, but also on web services like Twitter. On desktop systems, macOS is the best integrated one, but Plasma users will soon be able to say the same.

So He let us know today Nate Graham, who writes a weekly article on what's coming to the KDE world. Coinciding with the arrival of plasma 5.18, they are going to implement a simple way to launch an emoji selector, with search included. This will allow us to use emoji in any app or service that can display them. To launch it, you will have to use the combination of keys META + Period (on a Spanish keyboard it is META + Period).

Future news in KDE besides emoji

  • Dolphin now has an action and keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + F4) to focus and blur the terminal panel for super hyper mega productivity (Dolphin 20.04.0).
  • Gwenview can now import photos to or from remote locations (Gwenview 20.04.0).
  • It is now possible to browse 7Zip archives in Dolphin, Krusader, file dialogs, and other applications that have a URL browser (KDE Applications 20.04.0).
  • It is now possible to choose what happens when we click the scroll track in a KDE application: scroll up or down on a page, or zoom in on where we clicked (Plasma 5.18.0).

Bug fixes and performance and interface improvements

  • Okular no longer creates unwanted pop-up notes and dialog boxes when using a stylus and placing it close to the screen surface (Okular 1.9.0).
  • Fixed a common crash that could prevent Plasma from starting after adding the printer widget and having multiple pending jobs in the print queue or multiple completed jobs visible under certain circumstances (Print Manager 19.12.1).
  • Menu item text for Kate's external plugins is now localized (Kate 19.12.1).
  • Editing partitions in KDE Partition Manager no longer resets your touch panel settings (Partition Manager 4.0.2).
  • Now available from December 3:
    • Discover's search field no longer expands beyond the toolbar it is in when pasting multi-line text into it; instead, new lines are removed (Plasma 5.17.4).
    • Discover's task view no longer has an item selected, so the progress bar never becomes invisible (Plasma 5.17.4).
    • Discover's screenshot pop-up now has better margins on all sides (Plasma 5.17.4).
    • When choosing a weather station in the weather widget, we no longer need to double-click an item or click and then press the return key to activate the window 'Select' button (Plasma 5.17.4).
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  • Disabling MIME-based actions in Klipper now disables MIME-based actions in real Klipper (Plasma 5.17.5).
  • When using the Icons view in System Settings, navigating between multiple pages no longer occasionally causes the page title to not change properly (Plasma 5.16.5).
  • The "Search" widget has recovered its icon in the Widget Explorer (Plasma 5.17.5).
  • Fixed keyboard navigation in open / save dialogs so using the return key to enter a folder when the file viewer is in focus no longer unexpectedly saves the file there (Frameworks 5.65).
  • When we drag a URL from a web browser to Dolphin or to the desktop, the resulting icon now has the correct icon (Frameworks 5.65).
  • When importing photos with Gwenview, information and errors are now displayed in a more user-friendly format via inline messages (Gwenview 20.04.0).
  • The user interface for wired network configuration has been improved (Plasma 5.18.0).
  • The Details tab of the Plasma Network Manager applet now displays more information about the selected network (Plasma 5.18.0).
  • Drop shadows for app screenshots in Discover now look better, particularly when using a dark theme (Plasma 5.18.0).

When will the Emoji and everything else arrive in KDE

As always, Graham includes at the end of each feature when it will be available, or more specifically next to which release it will arrive. The Emoji will arrive next to plasma 5.18, what is programmed for the Next February 11. Plasma 5.17.5 is coming next Tuesday, January 7. KDE Applications 19.12 will be officially released on December 12, but we still don't know the exact day that 20.04 will arrive. We do know that they will arrive in the middle of April, but they should not arrive in time to include them in Kubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. On the other hand, KDE Frameworks 5.65 will be available from December 14th.

It is important to remember that in order to install all these new features as soon as they are available we have to add the Backports repository from KDE or use an operating system with special repositories like KDE neon.


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