Once again, I got the honor of the Halloween special for the News from KDE PIM post.
Let’s see what happened during the last two months.
Akademy 2022 happened in early October. Since it was in Barcelona it was almost next door
for me and I could easily attend by train. Of course, a PIM BoF occurred there. Here are
a few notes of what was discussed there:
we might move to a less aggressive dependency bumping strategy, supporting one or two
KDE Frameworks past versions would help people working from distro packages to
the idea of merging the kontact and kalendar chat channels is floating around
plans are being made for a PIM sprint (involving Plasma Mobile PIM and Desktop PIM)
aiming at holding it in Toulouse somewhen during Spring 2023
Kalendar will hopefully be splitted into reusable modules for other apps consumption
the docker container for PIM development might be decommissioned as it’s apparently
there’s growing interest into switching Akonadi to SQLite again, would help with the
robustness, clearly will be quite some work though
branching for Qt 6 will occur around the same time as Plasma
It is also now possible to resend an email you opened via KMail (courtesy of Christian
Schoenebeck), definitely useful to send emails generated by another program without
access to SMTP
Language support has also been improved
More translators are available (Google Translate, Libre Translate, Yandex, Bing,
Lingva you name it)
We can directly use LibreOffice auto-correction list now
Lots of bug have been fixed in the grammar plugin support
KOrganizer handling of recurring to-dos has been improved. Since version 22.08.3 the
“Toggle To-do Completed” action properly acts on past or future occurrence as you would
expect. Indeed, when toggling an instance if it gets marked as done then all previous
occurrences are considered done as well, if it gets marked as not done then all future
occurrences are considered not done as well.
KDE Itinerary gained support for boat and ferry tickets, ICAO VDS health certificates and
many improvements to the travel data extractor which also benefit the KMail itinerary
plugin. More details can be found in this blog
Views now have a new “basic” mode useful for low performance or battery powered
devices. In this mode the views are not swipe based and more static but significantly
faster and less resource intensive.
A refactoring occurred in the data models used in the backend. This led to overall
performance improvements especially when editing events and tasks.
The sidebar is now responsive and will adapt to still be useful when the window gets
narrower. It will collapse in a strip or expand depending on the available width.
Lots of bug fixes ranging from UI glitches to major crashes. Make sure to update to the
For OpenPGP smart cards supporting ECC Kleopatra now allows generating keys for the
curves supported by the cards. Moreover, the keys stored on an OpenPGP smart card can
now be (re-)generated separately. (T4429)
The notepad now has a dedicated Import button. Previously, the Sign/Encrypt button
changed to Import when certificate data was detected in the notepad. This behavior
made encrypting certificate data impossible and wasn’t good for usability and
Secret key backup of S/MIME certificates was
The Certificate Dump window now opens in the foreground when clicking “More Details” in
the Certificate Details window for an S/MIME certificate opened from the Group Edit
Canceling an encrypt operation triggered from the notepad doesn’t show an error message
If one enters a bad passphrase when importing an S/MIME certificate in PKCS#12 format,
then a proper error message is shown. (T5713)
Fixed potential invalidation of keys referenced by commands which could cause those
commands to fail unexpectedly. (T6157)
Unusable actions are now disabled when the details of a remote key (i.e. the result of
a lookup) are displayed. (T6201)
The Certify dialog no longer offers expired user IDs for certification.
The keyboard focus indicator for labels is only drawn if the label received focus by a
keyboard command. (T6111)
Errors during Web Key Directory (WKD) lookups (which happen in the background when
doing a key lookup) are now ignored. (T6202)
The Qt binding of GpgME (used by Kleopatra, KMail, and other KDE applications) can now
be built for Qt 6.
Now dialog box size in PIM applications are correct on HiDpi displays.
Community Analytics, What Else?
Of course, I couldn’t conclude such a post without taking a look at the community data
analytics during the period. Let’s see how it looks for the past two months.
A big shout out to all those who participated in KDE PIM work the past couple of
months. Thanks a lot! It’s an important job you’re all doing. You know who you are. Still,
here is the activity graph of the past two months, so now everyone know who you are
(offer them drinks if you get the chance!):
In the past two months, we had 30 different developers on KDE PIM (that seems rather
stable compared to my last post two years ago). And of course, since my data is coming
solely from git, this unfortunately misses people who helped with bug reports, docs,
design etc. Whatever your contribution you can be all proud!
Now, how does the code contributor network looks like?
The three most influential ones are Laurent, Heiko and Volker. You can also see three
extra persons pretty central to the network: Carl Schwan, Claudio Cambra and Sandro Knauß.
Clearly all the work on Kalendar and crypto support is showing up.
How You Can Help
Next time, your name could show up in visualizations like the ones above!
Check out the KDE PIM Development wiki
and find out how to take part into something that matters. If you want your share of this
or need help to get started, feel free to contact us via the #kontact and #akonadi IRC
channels on Libera Chat or via #kontact:kde.org and #akonadi:kde.org on Matrix.