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Why the animations in your Plasma 5.18 feel slow now, and when it will be fixed

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KDE Frameworks 5.70 was just released and should be trickling out to users of rolling release distros at any time. Various Arch users who have already received the update have been complaining about slow animations in Plasma, and I wanted to write a blog post to explain what’s going on here. It is a bit technical so let me start with the TL;DR version: “releasing software is complicated and this will be fixed once Plasma 5.19 comes out next month.”

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Progress on Plasma

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With our release announcement for Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS, we revealed that it would be our last version with the Xfce desktop, and that we would be moving to the KDE Plasma desktop starting with 20.10. Interestingly enough, that news took nearly two weeks to get noticed. When it did, it hit big.

In the release announcement, we talked about the reason for our decision. One of those was resource usage being comparable. On a fresh boot of the 20.04 LTS Live Image with Xfce, Ubuntu Studio was using approximately 620MB of RAM. On a fresh boot of the 20.10 Daily Live Image with KDE Plasma, Ubuntu Studio was using approximately 670MB of RAM. That ~50MB difference is extremely negligible, especially if you are running a machine with higher RAM availability. For reference, Ubuntu Studio is created for more powerful computers, is not meant to run on low-powered or older hardware, and is not meant to give an old computer new life. For that reason, from our perspective, the RAM usage between the two desktops is nearly the same.

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Also: Ubuntu Studio Making Good Progress On Their Transition To KDE Plasma

Improving KNotifications on Android

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Android
KDE

Since last year KDE’s KNotification framework has support for Android. And while that generally works, there were still a number of things to polish in order to improve the experience on Android, e.g. when using KDE Itinerary there.

Still active notifications can be updated when the event they are about changed or more information becomes available. That’s way less bothersome for the user than issuing a new notification each time. KNotifications’ Android backend was however missing support for this until now, which is rectified by D29339, in time for KF 5.70

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This week in KDE: Get new clipped subsurface Dolphin folder sizes

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This week a lot of work was put into improving the reliability of the “Get new [thing]” feature integrated into many KDE apps and System Settings pages. Also, several Wayland improvements landed, including subsurface clipping. Finally, a major Dolphin feature request was implemented, allowing the display of on-disk folder sizes!

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Plasma desktop secrets: system area icon spacing

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Small aesthetic niggles can be quite annoying. And sometimes, you just can't really ignore them. Well, this is one of those, and I must say, with even just a few small pixels of padding added there, things look so much better and more professional. The only downside is that one must dig deep into nerdy stuff to get this configuration changed.

As you can see, it's doable - and, you've also discovered a Pandora's box of goodies. You can now manually tweak plasmoids as you see them fit, and as you slowly become more accustomed to the QML code, you can really change and edit the look & feel of the Plasma desktop. Best of all, if you garble something BAR-like, you can simply delete your custom configuration from your home directory, and no harm done. I hope you like and appreciate this tutorial. See you out there, Plasmateers.

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KDE/Plasma 5.18.5 for Debian

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Debian

After the KDE Apps update 20.04, now the recently released Plasma 5.18.5 is ready for Debian.

Furthermore, since the most recent version of the KDE frameworks have been uploaded to Debian/experimental, I have adapted the packages to make upgrades to the versions in experimental – and hopefully soon in unstable – smooth. I am also working with the Debian KDE Qt Team to update KDE Apps and Plasma in Debian proper. Stay tuned.

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Desktop Plasma on an Android Tablet!

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KDE
HowTos

So I have an NVIDIA SHIELD K1 Tablet because it’s a pretty nice tablet and partly because i was on a shopping spree last year after Google Summer of Code was concluded. This weekend I came to know of Linux4Tegra , a GNU/Linux based system software distribution by Nvidia for the Nvidia Tegra processor series. (you can read more about it at Wikipedia). So I checked out the releases by NVIDIA here and found out there was something available for my little K1 too! I sniffed around in xda forums and found out a forum post by Bogdacutu

Last weekend I stumbled upon Linux4Tegra while looking for custom ROMs to breathe new life into this 2015 device. I got up to Ubuntu 18.04, so this is what my final sequence of steps was. to make sure you can also have a working Desktop Ubuntu tablet within a day.

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KDE's Google Summer of Code Students

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KDE
Google
  • Krita: Presenting Our Google Summer of Code Students!

    It’s that time of the year again! Google has published the names of the students who will be allowed to work on open source of free software, and who will receive a stipend from Google. And like last year, this year we are mentoring four students!

    Sharaf Zaman is a veteran from last year, when he ported Krita to Android. In fact, over the past couple of weeks he’s been busy putting Krita in the Google Play Store, in the beta track. Apart from some administrative worries, we’re ready to publish that! This year, he will implement a new kind of gradients: mesh gradients. Here is his project proposal. Mesh gradients were first implemented in Inkscape, and now we’re going for a second, independent implementation.

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    Ashwin Dhakaita will be integrating the MyPaint brush library in Krita as a new brush engine. Once upon a time Krita did have a MyPaint brush engine, but the MyPaint developers dropped their existing integration support and created a new library. But these days many more applications use the mypaint brush library, meaning that integrating it is much safer. Here is his project proposal.

  • Open Letter to KDE GSoC Students We Could Not Accept

    I no longer have access to your proposal or emails, thus the open letter on my blog.

    If you allowed commenting before the student proposal deadline, I along with other admins and mentors tried to help you improve your proposal. Some of you took the suggestions and sharpened your presentation, fleshed out your timeline and in general created a proposal you can be proud of.

    If you did not allow commenting or only uploaded your proposal right before the deadline, you missed out on this mentoring opportunity, and for that I am sorry. That cut us off from a vital communication link with you.

    This proposal process, along with fixing some bugs and creating some commits mean that you have real experience you can take with you into the future
    . I hope you also learned how to use IRC/Matrix/Telegram channels to get information, and help others as well. Even if you do not continue your involvement with the KDE Community, we hope you will profit from these accomplishments, as we have.

KDE Plasma 5.18.5 Desktop Released with More Than 60 Changes

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KDE Plasma 5.18.5 is the fifth maintenance update to the KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS desktop environment series and comes about five weeks after the KDE Plasma 5.18.4 point release.

There are about 66 changes included in this update. Highlights include the ability for KInfoCenter to display the right OpenGL information for Nvidia Optimus systems, improvements to system’s notification sounds, and improvements to screen sharing.

Moreover, it looks like the team also fixed a bug that would crash the KWin window manager showing a black screen when logging out on Wayland, as well as an issue that would crash Plasma Vaults when the user cancels the mount dialog after failing to mount a vault because the mount location wasn’t empty.

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KDevelop 5.5.1 released

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We today provide a bug fix and localization update release with version 5.5.1. This release introduces no new features and as such is a safe and recommended update for everyone currently using a previous version of KDevelop 5.5.

You can find the updated Linux AppImage as well as the source code archives on our download page.

Should you have any remarks or in case you find any issues in KDevelop 5.5, please let us know.

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