Plasma 5 as a daily driver?

Carl Symons carlsymons at
Mon Nov 9 20:22:23 GMT 2015

On Monday, November 09, 2015 01:40:09 PM Ian Pilcher wrote:
> 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
>    overlap.
> 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).

I'm not using it on Fedora, but rather on openSUSE and Kubuntu as my daily 

Works like a charm for quite a few months. I have experienced exactly none of 
the issues you list. "No desktop on 2nd display" is not an issue because I 
only use one display. Other than that, no problems.


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