Tweaks in KDE Plasma 5.23

Plasma 5.23 is close. At the moment it is in “soft freeze” or soft function freezing, so the KDE project you are focusing on making everything new that comes with the new version of the graphical environment work as well as possible. Nate graham comment In his weekly post that this time there are not as many changes as on other occasions, but the tweaks are important because they will improve the user experience.

As for new features, they only mentioned one today: when Kate has git integration enabled, branches can now be deleted. It is a new arrival in KDE Gear 21.12 and developed by Waqar Ahmed. Below you have the change list that have advanced us this week.

Bug fixes and performance improvements coming to KDE

  • Konsole is no longer so slow to close a tab when something is typed at the prompt (Christoph Cullmann, Konsole 21.08.2).
  • Copying text from Okular now removes trailing newline characters (Albert Astals Cid, Okular 21.08.2).
  • Konsole’s “New Tab” menu option now works when there is only one profile, as it does by default (Nathan Sprangers, Konsole 21.12).
  • Skanlite now respects the default image format chosen when saving a file (Alexander Stippich, Skanlite 21.12).
  • Elisa no longer improperly parses HTML in song metadata text (Nate Graham, Elisa 21.12).
  • Unchecking the “Inhibit automatic sleep and screen lock” box in the Battery and Brightness applet now works correctly (Peifeng Yu, Plasma 5.23).
  • Fixed one of the ways the ksystemstats daemon could fail to start, causing the System Monitor widgets to not display any data (David Edmundson, Plasma 5.23).
  • In Wayland, when the virtual keyboard has been temporarily disabled, it now also remains disabled on the lock screen (Oleg Solovyov, Plasma 5.23).
  • Also in Wayland, when using a multi-display setup with one display connected to an AMD GPU and another connected to an Intel integrated GPU, the displays controlled by the Intel GPU no longer continue to show the login screen after startup. the session (Xaver Hugl, Plasma 5.23).
  • The KWin Window rules “Borderless” and “Can be closed” are now applied automatically as expected, if configured to do so (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 5.23).
  • System Preferences pages launched as standalone windows using kcmshell5 now have the correct icon in their title bar and in the window switcher display (Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Plasma 5.23).
  • On the Virtual Desktops page of System Preferences, the mouse can again be used to select text while editing the virtual desktop name (Nate Graham, Plasma 5.23).
  • The desktop context menu no longer displays a visual glitch at the bottom when the shift key is pressed to access the ‘permanently delete’ action, even when a submenu is open (Derek Christ, Plasma 5.23).
  • In Wayland, Plasma dialog, notification and OSD shadows no longer break frequently, especially when using a left edge panel (Andrey Butirsky, Plasma 5.23).
  • KWin window rules are now applied automatically as expected after KWin crashes and restarts (Ismael Asensio, Plasma 5.23).
  • It is now possible to create a Plasma Vault using the gocryptfs backend when using gocryptfs version 2.1 (Ivan Čukić, Plasma 5.23).

Improvements in the user’s interface

  • Gwenview’s new behavior for previewing a zoom level when hovering over no longer applies the new zoom setting instantly, so close the combo box without selecting anything, the view reverts to the original zoom level (Felix Ernst , Gwenview 21.12).
  • The System Preferences pages now have many more keywords associated with them, so things can be found more easily by searching in the search field (Guilherme Marçal Silva and Nayam Amarshe, Plasma 5.23).
  • Deleting a Bluetooth device now asks for confirmation, and the action to do so now uses a red icon to suggest that something will be removed (Tom Zander, Plasma 5.23).
  • After searching for an emoji using the emoji selection window, using the arrow keys now always navigates between the found emojis, instead of moving the text insertion point in the text field (Kristen McWilliam, Plasma 5.23) .

When will all this come

Plasma 5.23 will arrive on October 12. KDE Gear 21.08.2 will be released on October 7, and although there is no specific date for KDE Gear 21.12 yet, it is known that we will be able to use it in December. KDE Frameworks 5.86 will be released today.

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.