Which applications does the Plasma team recommend to use with Plasma?

Ragnar Thomsen rthomsen6 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 12 11:50:58 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 2:43 PM, Thomas Pfeiffer <thomas.pfeiffer at kde.org>

> Hi everyone,
> every now and then, distributions approach us asking which applications
> they should ship by default with Plasma, or they complain about us not
> providing such information.
> Although the Plasma team of course does not have to provide such
> information, it may still be helpful also for us because we can try to make
> sure that these applications work well in Plasma.
> Choosing such applications is not an easy task, but to get things started,
> a group of people who were stranded in Bielefeld waiting for their trains
> after a meeting sat together to come up with an initial suggestion. Here is
> the result:
> File manager: Dolphin
> Music player: Cantata
> Video player: VLC
> Document viewer: Okular
> Software center: Discover
> Communication: Konversation, KDE Telepathy (cautiously, because while it
> works well at the moment, it is also looking for a maintainer)
> Password storage: KWalletmanager, kwallet-pam
> Hardware support: Skanlite, Print manager
> Utilities/system tools: KCalc, KDE Connect, Konsole, KSysguard, Kate,
> Kamoso (if a distro wants to ship a webcam app at all)
> Office suite: We do not recommend one at the moment
> Pim suite: We do not recommend one at the moment.
> Browser: We do not recommend one at the moment

What about the file archiver Ark in the Utilities category? It also
provides the ability to compress/extract archives from the contextmenu in
Dolphin. I would think it has at least as much justification to be on the
list as e.g. KCalc.

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