Plasma 5 as a daily driver?

Ian Pilcher arequipeno at
Mon Nov 9 19:40:09 GMT 2015

With Fedora 21 about to reach its end of life, I'm trying to set up
Plasma 5 on Fedora 23, and it's proving to be ... challenging.

Here are the significant issues I've encountered in my first day or so
of working on this.  Workarounds for any of these would be appreciated.

* No desktop on 2nd display - This occurs the first time that I log in
   after every reboot.  My second display is black; no wallpaper is
   displayed, and mouse clicks have no effect, although it is possible
   to move windows to the 2nd display.  Logging out and logging back in
   makes the desktop display properly on the 2nd display.

* Unable to set fixed konsole size - This one is known
   (, but it's been more
   than 9 months since this was reported, and the lack of activity in
   git and Bugzilla makes me think this bug is going to be with us for a
   long time.

* System Tray (or other panel widget) overlaps panel "cashew" - Having
   a System Tray widget anywhere in my panel causes the right-most widget
   to overlap the panel "cashew" (which isn't a cashew anymore, but I
   don't know what else to call it).

* Lack of (functional) CapsLock/NumLock widget - This shouldn't be an
   issue, because decent hardware should have these LEDs built in.  Since
   laptop manufacturers are intent on crapifying the world, however, this
   is pretty much a requirement these days.  The only widget I've found,
   Key State, doesn't calculate its width properly; the result is yet
   more overlap.

* Turning on the date display in the Digital Clock causes ... more

These panel overlap bugs are pretty bad.  It's really hard to get the
panel set up in a usable fashion.

All in all, I find myself wondering if other people are really using
Plasma 5 as a "daily driver" (or is my usage really so different that
others aren't hitting these bugs).

Ian Pilcher                                         arequipeno at
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