KDE's KWin Working On An Advanced Tiling System

Written by Michael Larabel in KDE on 3 December 2022 at 05:52 AM EST. 27 Comments
It's been an exciting start to December in the KDE world.

KDE developer Nate Graham is out with his usual weekly recap of all the interesting development activities in the KDE space. For this week, most exciting is the initial work on an advanced tiling system for KWin that will allow for creating custom tile layouts and other interesting tiling features moving forward.

Nate Graham showing off KWin's tiling enhancements coming with Plasma 5.27.

The KDE highlights for the week include:

- First and foremost, KWin has added a built-in advanced tiling system that can be used to create custom tile layouts. This includes a convenient configuration UI for managing the quick tiling behavior. Further refinements to this new tiling system are expected while the initial implementation at least will be found in Plasma 5.27. Very interesting work for KWin by developer Marco Martin.

- Support for browsing Apple iOS devices using the native afc:// protocol within the Dolphin file manager and other file management tools.

- Konsole has added a KHamburgerMenu.

- Konsole's tab bar by default is now located toward the top of the window rather than the bottom.

- Support for the Global Shortcuts portal with Plasma 5.27 to allow Flatpak and other sandboxed applications to use the portal system to offer a standardized UI for setting/editing global shortcuts.

- KDE Plasma Mobile Gear for mobile-focused KDE apps will now be moving to the normal "KDE Gear" release schedule as an effort to unify them.

More details on the KDE changes that landed this week via this blog post by KDE developer Nate Graham.
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