27 novembre 2012

Dolphin 2.2 su KDE 4.10 Beta, scopriamo le novità


Nei giorni scorsi è stato rilasciato KDE 4.10 Beta, la nuova major version di KDE. Una delle novità di KDE 4.10 è la nuova versione di Dolphin quello che senza ombra di dubbio può essere considerato come il miglior file manager del mondo Linux.
Sul blog di freininghaus è stato realizzato un piccolo post che ci descrivere le novità di Dolphin 2.2 vediamole insieme. 
Una delle novità più importanti e che farà felici gli utenti Android è l'aggiunta del supporto alla tecnologia MTP per la connessione degli smartphones grazie all'uso di MTP kioslave.
Altra miglioria è una maggiore velocità nell'apertura delle cartelle con molti file, miglioramento reso possibile da un più efficiente modo di gestire le anteprime dei file.
Di seguito la lista completa (in lingua inglese):
  • Àlex Fiestas added support for MTP devices (like phones) to the Places Panel, making use of Philipp Schmidt’s MTP kioslave. Check if your distribution provides packages for kio-mtp if you want to try it. I’m quite happy that I can finally transfer files to and from my phone easily in KDE (if you wonder why it shows up twice in the panel: that’s because the phone’s internal memory and the SD card are separate devices). See Àlex’ blog post (which also provides information about building kio-mtp yourself) and the review request for more information.
  • Amandeep Singh, assisted by Frederik Gladhorn, implemented accessibility features in Dolphin. Now you can have the current item shown zoomed in KMag.
  • Some people missed an easy way to resize the icons in the Places Panel in KDE 4.9. For those who didn’t know: Dophin’s Places Panel had been rewritten, and the automatic resizing of the icons when the panel was resized (or in some other situations, like when a ‘Place’ with a long name was created or removed) was dropped. We now have an ‘Icon Size’ submenu in the panel’s context menu, just like in the tool bar. I think that this is the best solution: users who want bigger icons can just choose their favourite size.
  • Dolphin 1.x provided two different ways to rename files: ‘inline renaming’ and renaming using a dialog. This changed some time ago due to the view engine rewrite. In KDE 4.8, inline renaming was not ready yet. In KDE 4.9, it replaced the dialog completely (except for the case that multiple files are renamed at the same time), but some people actually got used to the dialog and missed it. In KDE 4.10, you will be able to choose again. Emmanuel Pescosta added a checkbox to the settings dialog.
  • Ivan Čukić made it possible to report the current directory to the activity manager, such that it can easily tell what your most favourite directories are. You can disable this in the System Settings, ‘Workspace Behavior’ if you don’t want the activity manager to keep a log of your directories and documents.
Performance Improvements
Emmanuel Pescosta worked hard to make Dolphin faster:
  • The part of Dolphin that keeps track of the previews that need to be generated did not handle its internal data structures in the most efficient way. Look at the review request for details and for the impressive Callgrind data.
  • Loading a folder with many files can be very slow. It turns out that much of this slowness is due to the “natural sorting” of the items, which makes sure that “image10.jpg” comes after “image9.jpg”, and not between “image1.jpg” and “image2.jpg”. There have been some ideas how the “natural comparison” of two file names can be made faster, but this requires a lot of work. In KDE 4.10, we still use the old comparison function, but make use of all CPU cores on your system to keep the delay when opening a large directory short. Look at the final version of the patch to see how little code you need to make Mergesort use multiple threads with QtConcurrent!
  • The icons which are shown for files and folders if previews are disabled are now cached to save CPU cycles and memory.
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