You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world You tell me that it’s evolution Well, you know We all want to change the world ~ The Beatles (John Lennon)


I don’t know whether it is revolution, or evolution, but my favourite ideas that the Plasma team thought of a long time ago are finally getting to the users.

It is quite nice to see the positive experiences with the activities system in Plasma 4.9 all around the web. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. There are a few nice things coming to the following release.

The top feature for me is going to be the Share-Like-Connect applet, and the document scoring based on the usage. Lately, I’ve been on a patching spree to increase the number of applications that support activities and the number has increased substantially. Currently, these are the supported applications:

  • Dolphin
  • Gwenview
  • Kate and KWrite
  • Okular
  • Words, Stage and the rest of the Calligra family (except for Kexi which will be patched soon)
  • GVim

I plan to add a few applications to this list before the hard feature freeze slaps me in the face.

Thankfully, I’m not alone in this endeavour. (Edit: added the link for the following text) Tomaz Canabrava’s army of students are going through KDE’s extragear and doing the same thing I’m doing in integral parts of KDE SC. This really offloads a lot of work off my shoulders so big kudos to them!

Activities Settings
Activities Settings