Tag: design

An overview of keyboard shortcuts printed on paper keys

Do Plasma users know all the useful shortcuts?

Dear reader, when Heiko Tietze and I discussed the usefulness of a user assistance feature that is being considered, we realized that we had very different assumptions about how well users know the keyboard shortcuts that KWin and Plasma offer. Although I know that the readership of my blog is not exactly representative of the …

This is what we do if someone offers us some constructive criticism

In July, Eric Griffith wrote an article at Phoronix where he compared Plasma and KDE Applications to GNOME and detailed where they do things better than us and what he finds annoying about our software. We don’t react to angry ranting, but Eric took the time to point out in detail where exactly we could …

Screenshot from an earlier version of Kube

Simple by Default, Powerful When Needed

KDE (back when it was still the name of the desktop environment) and our applications historically stood for powerful features and great flexibility and customizeability. This is what our users love about our software, this is why they choose Plasma and KDE software instead of one of the other Free desktop offerings. And it is …

Squid Kung Fu – Or “Can I have more hands, please?”

(“Squid Kung Fu”, CC-BY by Windell Oskay) The image above as well as its original title reflects both what my work for KDE currently feels like and what I’d frequently wish for these days: More arms to reach out to all the people I’m currently working with. It is exciting, inspiring, exhausting, all at once. …

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