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KDE finally gets root operations in Dolphin, big 2022 plans for Wayland

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KDE developer Nate Graham continues blogging about how KDE and Plasma are evolving and there's been some great improvements recently, along with some huge plans for 2022.

Making things easier for users is important and the KDE team are clearly taking on a lot of feedback. A major new feature is that Dolphin, and anything that hooks into KIO, can now create, move, copy, trash, and delete files in non-user-owned locations. Instead of just giving you a warning and not letting you do anything, it should now ask for a password and let you do what you need to without resorting to a terminal window. Nice. This change should land in KDE Frameworks 5.91.

Wayland improvements also came in recently like supporting greater than 8-bit colour, the ability to open the current directory or any other folder you right-click on in any app, not just the file manager with Konsole.

As for their 2022 plans, which aren't set in stone, more of a guide - there's a lot!

One of the big things for 2022 is to have Wayland at a stage for KDE where it can completely replace the X11 session. Another I'm particularly interested in is improvements to multi-monitor support, modernizing Breeze icons and a big focus on what they're calling the "15 minute bug" initiative - to clean up issues that appear within the first 15 minutes of loading into Plasma.

Sounds like KDE and Plasma are going places in 2022. This is going to be good news for the Steam Deck too, since the desktop session uses Plasma.

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Lofty Jan 5, 2022
Is it possible with Wayland to create virtual monitors ? and therefore custom resolutions / aspect-ratios for games to see and utilize ?
slaapliedje Jan 5, 2022
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Quoting: LoftyIs it possible with Wayland to create virtual monitors ? and therefore custom resolutions / aspect-ratios for games to see and utilize ?
I still remember when you could put in multiple resolutions into your XFree86 config file and then change between the resolutions with some shortcut keys (like control+alt+number?). That was useful on occasion, but went away many years ago.

Granted, for one who remembers XFree86 and some of it's niceties like multiple resolution support... there is the terrible issues of having to figure out modelines for optimal monitor usage...

Still one feature that is so very cool that I've never seen any other computer be capable of, is the different resolutions that the Amiga could have per workspace... I know there are some hardware bits that need to be implemented for that to actually work, and there are less reasons to do it these days than when the Amiga first released, but man was it an awesome feature...

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Izaic Jan 6, 2022
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Quoting: FredrikI wonder if that means hdr support is coming. And I also hope they will make wayland usable with nvidia cards too.

I think support for higher than 8bit color is needed before HDR. It's 2022 and I still can't output 10bit color space to my monitor...

That was added this week, and is mentioned in the post.
Phlebiac Jan 6, 2022
Quoting: SilverCodeIt is a Qt5 problem though that the KDE devs are waiting to be fixed upstream.

That's not good news - Qt5 is officially EOL, and won't get updates except for paying customers. So unless there is a consensus on a community-updated Qt5, don't hold your breath.

5.15.2 released in Nov 2020 was the end; they tell everyone to move to Qt6 instead:

While the commercial release is up to 5.15.8 as of yesterday:

Note how they even list known security issues in the old 5.15.x releases... FWIW, this type of scenario was one of the original motivations for the GNOME project to start, way back when. KDE came first, but relied on (not fully open) Qt.

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Phlebiac Jan 6, 2022
Quoting: slaapliedjeI still remember when you could put in multiple resolutions into your XFree86 config file and then change between the resolutions with some shortcut keys (like control+alt+number?).

It was Ctrl+Alt+[+|-]; pretty useful on CRT displays, but most digital flat panels don't handle anything other than native resolution all that well.
Sputnik_tr_02 Jan 6, 2022
Quoting: LoftyIs it possible with Wayland to create virtual monitors ? and therefore custom resolutions / aspect-ratios for games to see and utilize ?

Maybe Gamescope is what you are looking for?
Eike Jan 6, 2022
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Quoting: tuubiNot that old fashioned if you prefer to use one of these newfangled graphical file manager thingamajigs.

I guess it's all about if your "old" is seventies or nineties... ;)
Johann_Popper Jan 6, 2022
How can you not recall in this article how Martin Graßlin removed graphical root access in the first place only a few years ago, to great protest from the community? I'd like to know the backstory of this reversal. Interview people! Glad it's back and the reasonable course has been restored.
clatterfordslim Jan 6, 2022
Never been a fan of Dolphin, like Nautilus it's too locked down. So whenever trying a new OS, I install Nemo.
Nemo has all the features that is missing in other file managers. Moving and copying files to home folder folders, plus external or other drives that Nemo lists on right click of said file. Caja in Mate has not got this feature. Caja only sends file to desktop or home folder, not the individual folders. Duplication of files, making links to, extracting compressed files, open as root, preview of thumbnail when choosing a picture to upload from Pictures or wherever the picture is? These are all what I like about Nemo. Linux Mint Team really done a brilliant job with their file manager.

I always set Nemo to run as default and with a few gsetting commands in Terminal, can get Nemo to function as the original default file manager did or does. I use Manjaro XFCE for gaming and have Nemo set as default on there. I use Linux Mint XFCE Ulyssa as my Daily OS and that is running Nemo too, as I do not like Thunar. Have KDE Manjaro the community edition in Virtualbox and have set Nemo as default, all the screen effects are working flawlessly, going to be installing it on my old 2008 Windows 8 ready, that never saw Windows 32GB of Ram ASUS gaming machine, now used as a media PC, as Manjaro KDE is the best I've ever used through out the KDE family from Kubuntu to Neon. KDE Manjaro just does what it's to supposed to do, which all the other KDE desktops should do without breaking. Maybe because Neon and Kubuntu are heavily with Ubuntu I don't know? As Distro Tube said on YouTube and I highly agree, Canonical are concentrating to much on Snaps, which most people including myself do not like.
Julian Jan 6, 2022
Finally, making Linux simpler its the good path for most of the users. Thank you Nate Graham, you are the voice of wisdom
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