We take a look at KDE Gear, the complete suite of Linux applications from the makers of the KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Not too long ago, KDE Group has launched the brand new model of KDE Gearthe 21.08, specifically-, the full set of functions linked to the favored KDE Plasma desktop atmosphere (however non-compulsory set up) and till just a few months in the past often known as KDE Functions.

In abstract, KDE Gear contains a lot of the software program that a median desktop person would possibly want when utilizing Linux.– From a file browser to doc and picture viewers, by terminal emulators, multimedia functions, textual content editors, and so forth.

Dolphin / Ark

The equal of Home windows ‘File Explorer’, however that along with shopping the folders on our laborious drive additionally permits us to do it by cloud platforms reminiscent of Google Drive, NextCloud or Dropbox, to not point out FTP servers or Git repositories. Now. as a novelty, it contains the choice to preview not solely the recordsdata, but in addition the content material of the folders, with out the necessity for different applications. Ah, and it has tabs, Certain.

To open and create compressed recordsdata (together with ISO recordsdata and the like) we’ve a easy unbiased software known as Ark.

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Konsole / Yakuake

Konsole Previews

The equal of Home windows Terminal. Because the KDE Gear staff says, “Truly, calling Konsole ‘terminal emulator’ and leaving it like that isn’t honest”: not solely does it make it simpler to make use of a number of terminals concurrently, nevertheless it additionally means that you can do issues like getting graphic previews by hovering over the filename … and even opening the corresponding software if we click on. It additionally permits sending the identical command, concurrently, to 2 or extra of the tabs and / or terminals open within the software.

KDE is presumably the Linux desktop atmosphere most just like the brand new Home windows 11 (or vice versa, being honest)

One of many nice novelties of the brand new model of the applying suite is incorporating an SSH plugin that permits us to create a listing of computer systems to which our pc connects usually, making it simpler to navigate between open SSH terminals.

If you’re nostalgic for Quake, and also you prefer to pay tribute to that console that was displayed from the highest of the display screen when urgent ‘F12’, you’ll prefer to know that Konsole isn’t the one terminal emulator for KDE Gear, and that Yakuake is the device you’ve got at all times needed to make use of:

Wake up

Yakuake, the choice to Konsole.


Okular Main

Common doc viewer (PDF, Epub, DjVU, Markdown…), photos (JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, WebP…) and digital comics (CBR, CBZ…). Not a lot completely different from Home windows instruments like Sumatra PDF. In a number of of those codecs, Okular means that you can use numerous annotation instruments (highlighting, underlining, textual content containers, and so forth.).


Gwenview Hamburger

Sure, Okular means that you can view photos, however not contains the standard instruments we count on to see in a photograph viewer reminiscent of Microsoft Images or IrfanView (together with, for instance, fast and straightforward edits reminiscent of cropping or resizing). However… that is what Gwenview is for.

What’s extra, permits activating numerous extensions (to entry Google Drive or allow the PTP protocol) y plugins to export photos to new codecs.



Spectacle is a straightforward software to take screenshots, which permits us to decide on between capturing your entire desktop, solely the energetic monitor, the energetic window, or an oblong area that we outline. Easy however efficient.



ELISA is a music participant Outcome by way of aesthetics, easy in usability and full by way of performance. It permits us to play music from the desktop and from our cellular (it has an Android app that will likely be synchronized with our Linux one), retrieve the playlist the place we left it after the final use or hearken to on-line radio stations.

By the best way, additionally it is accessible on Home windows.



A reputed video modifying software program, accessible even for Home windows and Mac. It’s a versatile non-linear video editor, with help for all FFmpeg codecs, that can be utilized by each skilled customers and ‘dummies’ of video modifying. A big library of results / transitions and multi-channel audio / video montage spherical out the Kdenlive providing.



Kate is a sophisticated textual content editor —Which we instructed you about 4 months in the past, on the event of his twentieth birthday— which has developed to answer the wants of builders who use KDE and end competing for a similar ‘inexperienced area of interest’ as MS Visible Studio Code.

Contains helpful options like code templates (‘snippets’, a novelty of the brand new model) or the command palette. It has additionally just lately applied the LSP protocol, which permits the editor to acknowledge which language we’re utilizing in every buffer, thus permitting customizing syntax coloring and error recognition.

KDE Join

Where to Connect

KDE Join is a good device that stands as much as Your Home windows 10 Telephone; in actual fact, we just lately reviewed the promising – although nonetheless room for enchancment – efficiency of its Home windows beta. However, if we use it from KDE, we face a Swiss military knife in the case of connecting Android mobiles and Linux PCs, permitting mutual management of quite a few features.

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