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Re: XFCE vs KDE
« Reply #165 on: March 26, 2021, 10:44:27 AM »
 

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The guys at XFCE are doing their best too https://simon.shimmerproject.org/2021/03/23/post-4-16-fatigue-and-whats-next/

Task manager, Xfconf and Client-side decorations.



CPU-graph, Systemload and Netload got new icons



Weather plugin got a new icon, porting to Xfconf and improving the UX of the settings and forecast summary windows.



Finally, some plugins mentioned above now implement the xfce_dialog_show_help API, which creates a “Help” button linking to the plugin’s documentation.
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Re: XFCE vs KDE
« Reply #166 on: March 27, 2021, 01:24:27 PM »
 

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KDE people don't stop:

https://pointieststick.com/2021/03/26/this-week-in-kde-all-the-things-2/

New Features

    • Kate and KWrite now have basic touchscreen scrolling support!
    • System Settings now opens to a new “Quick Settings” page that displays some of the most commonly-used settings, and even includes a link to the wallpaper settings as well!



    • There’s now an option for Digital Clock applets placed on a horizontal panel to force single-line display of both date and time irrespective of the panel’s height



Bugfixes & Performance Improvements

    • When activating KDE Connect’s standalone “Reply to message” window, it now comes to the front automatically instead of hiding annoyingly behind existing windows (at least on X11; on Wayland, nothing comes to the front automatically, but it will soon once our proposed cross-app activation protocol is merged and then we adopt it.
    • Substantially improved the speed and performance of taking high DPI screenshots in Spectacle
    • Color scheme previews once again show the correct colors in the inner view section, and the preview no longer sometimes gets cut off at the bottom
    • In the new Plasma System Monitor app, the right sidebar’s content no longer sometimes gets cut off
    • Changing the volume no longer sometimes causes it to get increased or decreased by one percentage point more or less that the amount you would expect it to be adjusted by
    • In the Plasma Wayland session, changing random settings in System Settings or switching Global themes no longer sometimes randomly causes Plasma or KWin to crash
    • In the Plasma Wayland session, the Task Manager is now capable of cycling through windows of a grouped task on click exactly as in the X11 session
    • KRunner’s history drop-down menu now always works even if you’re using a crusty old Plasma theme that’s a fork of an old version of Breeze and hasn’t been updated in ages and ages
    • The National Geographic picture of the day wallpaper now works again, and has been future-proofed a bit to hopefully make it less likely to break in the future if the source URLs change again
    • System Settings now shows whether the Window Behavior page has any changed settings with the customary orange dot in the sidebar when using its “Highlight Changed Settings” feature
    • Drag-and-drop operations in the Plasma Wayland session no longer activate every single window that the cursor passes over while dragging
    • Pressing the Esc key in the new Plasma System Monitor app while a popup is open no longer closes both the popup and also any other closable thing below it that was also open
    • KRunner no longer sometimes launches apps as the wrong user under certain circumstances
    • Unmounting a mounted volume after opening and then closing any files on it no longer gets stuck
    • Dolphin no longer sometimes crashes when playing a video preview in the Information Panel, and also uses a bit less memory when doing so.

User Interface Improvements

Kate and KWrite now tell you what to do instead if you mistakenly run them with sudo or kdesu to try to edit root-owned files



The subtitle for Plasma Vaults items now wraps, so that the error next never gets elided before the useful part of the message can be printed



    • Discover’s notification now retains its interactive button when viewed in the notifications applet, so you can click on it to open Discover and start the update
    • Klipper’s hidden feature to show a pop-up with all the saved clipboard entries right at the cursor position is now bound to the Meta+V shortcut, so now it’s super easy to press that and see all the saved clipboard entries and call up whichever one you want!
    • Taking into account user feedback, we have reverted the change to System Settings that put the Global Themes item into the sidebar’s header area, in favor of a new approach that simply indents all the child pages below it. This also restores the ability to click on the whole header area to go back



The configuration windows for Plasma applets have received a visual overhaul which makes them more consistent with other modern KDE apps and also fixes a bunch of bugs, particularly regarding the desktop configuration view not remembering its size and sometimes abruptly changing its size



    • The Highlight Windows effect that is displayed by default when switching windows no longer shows ghost outlines of non-highlighted windows that can cause a bizarre jumble on the screen when many windows are stacked on top of one another at the same or similar positions
    • Breeze tabs now have a subtle colored line on the top of the active tab, which makes it clear which tab is active when there are only two, especially when using a dark color scheme.
    • It’s now possible to delete installed Splash Screens installed using the Get New Splash Screens window straight from the System Settings page itself, without having to go back to that window.
    • The Emoji Selector window now offers an option to clear the history of recently-used Emojis.
    • The scrollbar mini-map in Kate and other KTextEditor-based apps now respects your active color scheme
    • Kate, KWrite, and other KTextEditor-based apps no pointlessly longer prompt you to save your changes when you close a document that’s both blank and also unsaved, because in this circumstance, there are no changes.

 If you’re hungry for more, check out https://planet.kde.org/, where you can find blog posts by other KDE contributors detailing the work they’re doing.
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Re: XFCE vs KDE
« Reply #167 on: May 01, 2021, 08:16:46 PM »
 

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The KDE Plasma gets better and better; support for Wayland improves.  https://pointieststick.com/2021/04/30/this-week-in-kde-support-for-gpu-hot-plug-and-freesync-and-so-much-more/
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On Fedora KDE has been rife with glitches, according to some of the blogs I read and a some posts on Diaspora*. It may be fine on Ubuntu-based distros, though.
 

Re: XFCE vs KDE
« Reply #169 on: May 02, 2021, 10:08:21 AM »
 

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On Fedora KDE has been rife with glitches, according to some of the blogs I read and a some posts on Diaspora*. It may be fine on Ubuntu-based distros, though.

I use KDE on 3 systems: Debian Bullseye/Testing, openSUSE Leap 15.2, they both work great. In openSUSE I'm using Wayland, and sure it isn't perfect just yet, but it's quite usable; responsiveness and functionality seems to be balanced.  I also installed Fedora 34, the KDE spin which uses Wayland by default, and while my experience hasn't been "hassle-free", it works fine most of the time.
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« Reply #170 on: May 05, 2021, 02:43:21 PM »
 

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On Fedora KDE has been rife with glitches, according to some of the blogs I read and a some posts on Diaspora*. It may be fine on Ubuntu-based distros, though.

In openSUSE I'm using Wayland, and sure it isn't perfect just yet, but it's quite usable; responsiveness and functionality seems to be balanced.  I also installed Fedora 34, the KDE spin which uses Wayland by default, and while my experience hasn't been "hassle-free", it works fine most of the time.

I'm running WayLand on Ubuntu 20.04 without complaints and yeah it ain't perfect but works good, minor glitches here and there sometimes which for now is to be expected imo.
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« Reply #171 on: May 14, 2021, 07:27:00 PM »
 

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XFCE team is working to make it even better than it already is. In this blog post, one of XFCE's devps talks about and I quote:
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work on supporting the `recent:///` location and on adding some other requested features, most notably the option to save the zoom-level per directory.

http://users.uoa.gr/~sdi1800073/sources/xfce_blog02.html
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Support for GTK-Recent: A way to easily access recently used files is a staple of contemporary file managers. For that purpose, GTK has a special location on its virtual filesystem called 'recent:///'. Until now users could access this location manually (by typing `recent:///` in the path bar) but because this location wasn't supported files appeared locked and there were a variety of other issues, which rendered it useless. The following MR solves these problems. Users will be able to use the `Recent` location like any other location that Thunar supports. In addition opening a file from Thunar adds it in the list of recently used files (previously files got added to the recently used files only if they were opened by an app that supports GTK-Recent), there is an option to remove files from `Recent` and a new sorting column called `Recency` has been added (only visible in the `Recent` folder).
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It's been another busy week in KDE land with the seemingly never ending improvements to the Plasma Wayland session as well as introducing some new features https://pointieststick.com/2021/08/20/this-week-in-kde-some-cool-new-stuff/
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KDE Plasma 5.23 beta release is out! https://pointieststick.com/2021/09/17/this-week-in-kde-so-many-wayland-improvements-and-more/
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