After flirting with the idea for a while, Ubuntu started using Wayland by default in April, coinciding with the release of Hirsute Hippo. To say that it is the present would not be true, since, for example, SimpleScreenRecorder does not support it and VokoscreenNG does it for a few days. Kooha works, but only on GNOME and the quality is not the best. Therefore, I would say that it is the future, and that future is closer for users of KDE.
So Has published Nate Graham this morning in a note where a lot of the news he mentions is for improve Wayland. And it has improved so much that it ensures that you already use it in your day to day, only complaining about what we said, that at present it may be very advanced, but third-party applications do not work as well as they should. Below you have the list of changes that have been published today.
New Features Coming Soon to KDE
- When the Apply button is pressed on the System Preferences Screen Settings page, it is now offered to revert any changed settings that may cause a crash, and it does this automatically within 30 seconds to handle the case where the new settings are so messy that nothing can be seen (Chris Rizzitello and Zixing Liu, Plasma 5.23).
- In Wayland, it is now possible to adjust the RGB settings of the Intel GPU driver (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.23).
Bug fixes and performance improvements
- Dolphin no longer crashes if we try to do something crazy like make the Trash entry in the Places panel point to / dev / null (Jan Paul Batrina, Dolphin 21.12).
- Dolphin no longer sometimes crashes when opening terminal application when using its “Open in Terminal” action (Nate Graham, 12/21, although it could come sooner).
- The icons to delete folders in Dolphin now always have the correct icon (Méven Car, Dolphin 21.12).
- Removable devices, disks, and SD cards reappear as expected in the Disks and Devices applet after being disconnected and reconnected (Fabio Bas, Plasma 5.23).
- At the Plasma Wayland session
- You can now drag and drop things between the native Wayland and XWayland apps (David Redondo, Plasma 5.23).
- It is now possible to change the screen resolution when running in a virtual machine (Méven Car, Plasma 5.23).
- Virtual desktops are now remembered by activity (David Redondo, Plasma 5.23).
- Fixed several issues affecting NVIDIA GPU users in a Plasma Wayland session, such as windows not updating their content after resizing and KRunner never showing any search results (David Redondo , Frameworks 5.86).
- In the Plasma Wayland session, images copied from Spectacle now appear correctly (Jan Blackquill, Qt 6.2 or Qt 5.15.3 with the KDE patch collection).
- In System Monitor and Plasma applets of the same name, the “GPU Usage” sensor is no longer incorrectly rendered as always 100% full, the “Total Disk Space” is no longer calculated incorrectly when there are encrypted disks, and the “Uptime” sensor no longer disappears after restarting Plasma (David Redondo, Plasma 5.23).
- Notifications sent by Flatpak’d apps are now correctly identified with the sending app (Kai Uwe Broulik, Plasma 5.23).
- Plasma’s wallpaper picker no longer displays a cut placeholder tag when there are no wallpapers in any of the configured search locations (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.23).
- On the Users page of System Preferences, our user’s list item no longer looks strange if we haven’t filled in a real name (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.23).
- System Monitor and the Plasma applets of the same name now discover more data from AMD’s GPU sensor (David Redondo, Plasma 5.23).
- Currency conversion in KRunner and Kickoff now works again (Andreas Cord-Landwehr, Frameworks 5.86).
- Systray applets with expandable list items are now fully interactive when using a stylus and no longer sometimes weirdly display overlapping content when there is enough stuff in the popup to make it scrollable (Nate Graham, Frameworks 5.86 ).
- Applications launched from a global shortcut now appear as expected on the “Applications” page of the System Monitor (David Redondo and Nikos Chantziaras, Frameworks 5.86).
- Applications using Kirigami now start much faster (Arjen Hiemstra, Frameworks 5.86).
- Now there is a default keyboard shortcut to open the “Configure keyboard shortcuts” window: Ctrl + Alt + Comma (Someone with the pseudonym “empeyreal one”, Frameworks 5.86).
Improvements in the user’s interface
- Double-clicking the divider in Dolphin’s split view now resets it to the center (Eugene Popov, Dolphin 21.12).
- Konsole is no longer confusing by letting us try to edit the built-in read-only profile; instead the menu item to do it now says “Create new profile” and takes you to the place where you can make a new profile (Ahmad Samir, Konsole 21.12).
- When using offline updates (the update style where everything is applied on the next reboot), Discover no longer aggressively prompts for a reboot as it can safely take its time on this (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.23 ). A necessary change that I personally don’t want to use this feature without.
- The System Preferences audio page now integrates all the few functions of the configuration page into the relevant elements of the main view they affect, making them easier to access and removing a subpage (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 5.23).
- The icons in the folder view on the desktop now wrap their text in the CamelCase word boundaries, as does the Dolphin icon view (Ivan Tkachenko, Plasma 5.23).
- The background blur effect is no longer as grainy in Wayland (Tatsuyuki Ishi, Plasma 5.23).
- System Tray pop-ups with expandable list items have greatly improved their visual consistency, scrolling responsiveness, keyboard navigability, and overall stability (Nate Graham, Frameworks 5.86).
- In several QtQuick-based programs, buttons that display both an icon and text no longer display a redundant tooltip that duplicates the button text; now they only show it when button text has been auto-hidden due to space limitations (Kai Uwe Broulik, Frameworks 5.86).
When will this all come to KDE?
Plasma 5.23 will arrive on October 12. At the moment there is no specific date for KDE Gear 21.12, but we will be able to use it in December. KDE Frameworks 5.86 will be released on September 11th.
To enjoy all this as soon as possible we have to add the KDE Backports repository or use an operating system with special repositories like KDE neon or any distribution whose development model is Rolling Release, although the latter usually take a little longer than the KDE system.