KDE Plasma is a pretty frelling great desktop environment - but couldn't it be better? The KDE team have begun the previously announced 15-Minute Bug Initiative.
The idea is to clean up issues in Plasma that affect the user experience within the first 15 minutes of booting. Encountering bugs quickly will put people off and gives a bad impression of not just Plasma, but of Linux as a whole. So this is their time to shine, especially with the Steam Deck coming that uses Plasma for the normal desktop mode.
It's up to the KDE team on exactly what they will include in the list, and some may take quite a while to actually solve so they might not fix them all even in the space of a year. What will absolutely get included in the list? Developer Nate Graham outlined these points as a start (but others are considered too of course):
- Affects the default setup
- 100% reproducible
- Something basic doesn’t work (e.g. a button doesn’t do anything when clicked)
- Something basic looks visually broken (e.g. “korners” bug)
- Causes you to get locked you out of your system
- Causes a full session crash
- Requires a reboot or terminal commands to fix
- There’s no workaround
- It’s a recent regression
- The bug report has more than 5 duplicates
You can see the current list of bugs tagged here. There's a few really problematic looking issues there like their application menu Kickoff, which sometimes at random loses the hotkey to open it. A bug I encountered only yesterday and it is thoroughly annoying.