KDED is a daemon for running lots small workspace tasks. Tasks such as monitoring display changes, notifying you if you run out of free space, power management and so on. Running each of these as it's own process has a lot of overhead and as each task is really tiny they are built as plugins all loading by one process, the kde daemon (kded).
As there are lots of plugins at once this makes debugging a real pain, there is lots of noise from various other plugins and it can be quite hard to see which plugin is at fault in the event of a crash or memory leak. Furthermore it's difficult to test without restarting kded, which can cause over issues.
To solve this I've built a tool for running one KDED module on it's own, purely for debugging purposes.
Software is available from
Usage is very similar to KCMShell, a tool for running a KCMModule at a time.
Today we are releasing 0.5.1 of KDE Telepathy, the first patch release in our 0.5 series.
We have fixed over 14 bugs since release, including:
Skype no longer appears in the list of available protocols if it is not available
Fixed issues when KWallet is disabled
Log viewer crashes fixed
Loading logs for facebook users
Fixed log viewer not showing names in group chats
Added an indication that an account is connecting in the presence applet
Presence applet autohides if the user has no telepathy accounts
Presence applet fits in smaller panels correctly
A full list can be found here
Many thanks to the entire KTp team, as well as to all the testers and bug reporters who helped in this release.
Source code is available here and it should be in distributions shortly.
Find out more about getting involved in KTp here
The aim of the extra mile project is put some energy into fixing the little annoyances in KDE, the small bugs and UI issues which get in the way of the user.
We've been working on areas all over KDE, I've outlined some of my favourite changes I've been working on over this past week.
Redoing the Network Manager Authorisation Prompts
This prompt is for when you need to re-enter a password for your wifi connection. The main issue is that the layout cut short, but it is also lacking clear context as to what the dialog is asking. Important text and instructions should be put in the window and not only in the windor title. A bit of text and an icon shape everything up nicely.
Improving the Akonadi KCM
Padding and margins are one the most important tools to a designer, uneven and misaligned spacing can quickly make a really good piece of technology look unfinished.
Improving Kate dialogs
Aurélien Gâteau made some changes in the kate dialogs, updating icons to reflect the actions and updated the tooltips to give a appropriate description of the actions each one does.
There's still lots more to be done, and it's a great opportunity to get involved in KDE or even just getting more familiar with a different area of KDE.
There are two ways to get involved in the extra mile project. We need people to go through applications, dialogs and workflows spotting areas where we can improve by opening extramile bugs, as well as going through this list and getting things fixed.
Find out more about the project on the wiki page, or join us in our IRC channel #kde-quality on Freenode.