February 22, 2018

KDE Plasma's Font Management Application "Font Install" Could Use Some Love

Recently over on Reddit's KDE Subreddit[1], a light was shown on KDE's font management application and that light revealved that not all was peachy in Plasma's font management department. The aptly-named 'Font Install', or 'Systemsettings : kcm_font' for those readers of a more technical variety, apparently is in need of some T.L.C. - and possibly a new maintainer as well.

KDE's Font Manager

As mentioned, this important component of Plasma's System Settings has numerous open bugs and a few noteworthy feature requests and request for improved defaults out of the box. Some of these bugs are fatal and in need of serious fixing, involving system crashes and similar freeze-ups that can ruin a user's experience. Some of these are very recent, some appear to be a few years old or older[2].

One of the troublesome bugs at play:
Screen corruption on minimize / maximize
- see https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=364985

If anyone would like to get involved and help out either triaging bugs or submitting patches, here are a few tips to get started:

We will be highlighting more Plasma and KDE applications in the future that are in need of some TLC, so if you can help out or are looking for ways to contribute to the KDE Community, please do! Also, if you have any recommendations for other apps that need to be highlighted and mentioned here, do not hesitate to let us know.

[1] Bugs in Font Management Tool
[2] System Settings - Font Management Bug list

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