Firefox and Plasma Activities

You may know that when you stop an Activity some opened apps can "hibernate", they free RAM but when you restart the Activity they reappear in the same state (Dolphin at the same path, Kate and Okular with the same documents etc) and the same size and position on the screen. This generally works for…

April 2017

10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME

This is not a GNOME vs Plasma comparison, this specifically for Ubuntu and its users, considering the innovative vision they had till now. Just very personal thoughs ordered by importance for Ubuntu success in my opinion. 1. Windows-like experience by default The most important reason for me is that the new Ubuntu user generally was…
Dolphin - Simple by default, powerful when needed

March 2017

A distro-agnostic AUR: would it be useful?

If you read my recent blog post, I defined a file type (*.webapp) that contains instructions to build an Electron Web App, I wrote a script to install *.webapp files (nativefier-freedesktop) and a script/wizard to build *.webapp files starting from a URL. And I published a first Web App in KDE Store / Opendesktop /…

February 2017

Plasma tricks: different App Menu for different Activities

 The "Plasma tricks" series continues, I have a list of ~10 cool tricks but not the time to post them regularly. Today I decided to share this one because with Plasma 5.9 you can pin apps in task manager by Activity: [spacer height="5px"] [spacer height="10px"] But what if you don't like to pin apps in…

Concept X for Plasma Mobile

This week the Plasma team is sprinting and maybe the time to discuss Plasma Mobile's UI is coming! Andrea Del Sarto and me didn't join the sprint this year, but we wanted to contribute with our ideas, trying to inspire future works :) So we decided to make a video with some mockups but... we…

September 2016

Breeze icons need you: new colors and shapes for mimetypes

In recent days Andreas, Gnastyle and me worked a lot to improve Breeze mimetype icons. The changes could be categorized as shapes and colors. Andreas and Gnastyle worked on shapes and I polished them and added new colors. Here you can see a preview of the icons I propose. The colors are mainly from Breeze…
new colors for mimetypes

Monochrome systray icon for Telegram

Many Plasma users asked for a consistent Telegram icon in the systray, that by default is blue, while Plasma uses monochrome icons in the systray by default. This is how it looks like with Breeze style: How to apply it Download this zip, extract it, and copy the contents of Breeze or BreezeDark folders into…
telegram monochrome icon

August 2016

Try this handy tool to convert a Web site into a native app with Electron

The Electron framework lets you write cross-platform desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML and CSS. It is based on Node.js and Chromium and is used by the Atom editor and many other apps. There is an handy tool to take advantage of Electron technology and make "native" apps from an URL, Nativefier: npm install nativefier -g…