Breeze mimetype WIP

Here are some results of the breeze-icon mimetype redesign. As you can see we make use of your feedback.


What is still missing? The archive, vector graphic images and virtualbox icons will get some love. After the shapes are finished Alex will work on the colors and gnastyle on the MS Office icons.

Be part of it

git clone:https://github.com/kde/breeze-icons

Breeze icons got gnome support

I forget to blog that the breeze icon set get full gnome support. You can test it with the upcomming plasma 5.8 release. Don`t forget to test the beta and fill bug report.

95% of the awesome gnome icon set adwaita are available in breeze. The missing ones I didn`t know where they were used or they are needed only in a gnome session.

Plasma open for 3rd party apps to support the best experience for the user.


Mimetype updates

secondary title: see how open source work

Starting point

My first contribution to kde and breeze-icons were the mimetype icons. I’ll ask Uri Herrera for help and he get my mentor. After some iteration I come from really ugly mimetype icons to the fancy new ones.


I think they look really awesome but they had some usability issues. All background shapes are the same and the center element isn’t that visible at the initial look. But as they look awesome nobody changed something (there are a lot of icons). But from time to time I get feedback from the users via the VDG forum, bugs.kde.org or g+ that an usability improvement would be good.


But why do you want to change something that look awesome only cause of usability. The design guidelines from breeze icons say show only stuff that is importend. So have always the same background mean remove it cause it’s not importend.


And here we are. The simple paper shape were updated by different styles depending on the file type. What do you think? Usability improvement, yes or no? Did you know the file type according to the icon?



This is the first third draft of the mimetype update. I think it’s an usability improvement and it look good, but to look awesome I need the power of Open Source and the VDG. One person can make nice stuff, but work together will make your work awesome. So Alex L. and Gnastyle are now working on polishing the stuff.

Of course you can join, or you can have a look how it work to improve things. Clone the breeze-icon repositor, update them (once a day) and you will see how things change. And of course don’t forget to give feedback, cause without feedback I didn’t start this change.



Rainbow Folders

Breeze Icons follow the colorscheme that’s not new but now the folder icons also follow the color scheme.

That’s how it look like with the breeze color scheme


as you can see there is no difference between the old and new folder icons but if you play with different color schemes in the color setting, …


you see there openSUSE, Manjaro, Krita, Ubuntu, Elementary, Arch Dark and any other style you would design by yourself. So don’t stop playing with your plasma desktop, it’s designed for your flavor.


boot 25 % faster

My machine isn’t that fast, but I can improve the boot time for the plasma desktop up to 25%.

How, it’s simple turn of ksplash.

from plymouth to ksplash to the plasma desktop (movie)

 8 sec plymouth (linux boot time) 
11 sec ksplash 
4 sec desktop is finished
23 sec (1/3 for linux 2/3 for plasma)

from plymouth to the plasma desktop (movie)

8 sec plymouth (linux boot time) 
11 sec desktop is finished 
19 sec (42% for linux 58% for plasma)

So with ksplash the computer need 15 sec to start plasma without it need 11 sec (-27 %) but the god thing is that it looks even faster cause I see plasma instantly after the login and as you can see in the lined movies the desktop flickering is also visible with ksplash. To be honest I like the deskop flickering, cause I see how plasma work.


System Settings help needed

First of all I need help, but before you help me I’d like to show you what a user without development skills can do to make plasma better.

I already post about the system settings redesign and cause developer are busy with other tasks, I reviewed the existing modules and update them to fit (more) our vision. I know it’s not how I would prefere in the end but I did the changes without development skills (no compiling, no new code). I use qt-creator for edit the ui files and play around with qml.

The Mouse cursor theme was updated, by move the buttons to bottom as in most other kcm’s. The height of the resolution depandant button will be change soon. (left plasma 5.7 right 5.8)

03 cursor theme 03 cursor theme

Color scheme: Preview on top and buttons on bottom. I’d like to remove the tabs and add an edit button where the tabs will pop up. Therefore I need an developer.

05 color theme 05 color theme

Emoticon theme: same here rearrange buttons. In general I’m not sure that it is a good idea to have the posibility to add a new theme in the kcm cause start from an existing one and config the xml file would be easier.

07 emoticons 07 emoticons

I did also some other changes, but I’d like to show you that you can change something without development skills so join the game.

If you have dev skills and be interested in some work on system settings, contact me you can increase the user experience.


widget optimization in plasma 5.7

Hi, did you knwo what the VDG did in the Plasma 5.7 release circle?

Check all default widgets about there layout and sizing. So start playing with widgets and say us what we did right and what we should fix.

Screenshots are very welcome here is one from my sidebar layout


do you see the differences between plasma 5.6 and 5.7? Sidebar wasn’t possible with the most plasmoids cause the minimum width was to big. the labels of the hardware graphs changed, …