Just discovered that works with more than just ! I've set it up on my laptop - it was super easy. It allows you to control your PC from your phone, and syncs things like notifications

It does this by communicating over TCP/UDP on the local network. It also experimentally supports encrypted bluetooth, similar to how iOS/macOS does it

Show thread

I've been informed that the correct name for the DE is Plasma, I thought that was just a code name for a version of KDE. Not confusing at all :D

Show thread

@rubenwardy More accurately, Plasma is the desktop within the Desktop Environment. Hence KDE Plasma.


Oh ! That's it !
I thought it was meant for controlling the phone from the computer, and wondered why I couln't find a way to do that and had to stick with scrcpy...

@LienRag @rubenwardy I use scrcpy too. I would gladly try KDE Connect but I fear to have to download tons of KDE dependencies for just one app since I don't use it.

@LienRag Mmm... currently I'm running Pantheon and Budgie... :P

@LienRag Next to try would be Deepin. Seems beautiful...

@gianf @LienRag It actually wasn't that many, just QT5 and a small library. Less than 5MB. You could always check the size with your package manager

@rubenwardy 0 upgraded, 153 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 23,3 MB of archives.
After this operation, 133 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

@rubenwardy Mmm... in the menu' I found KDE Connect Indicator. Doesn't sound like the real app. I ran it and I saw an icon living for 10 seconds in the Dock. Then gone.

@rubenwardy The command line says: ~$ kde
kdeconnect-cli kdeconnect-indicator kdeinit5 kdeinit5_wrapper kde-open5
kdeconnect-handler kdecp5 kdeinit5_shutdown kdemv5

@gianf the app is called "KDE Connect" for me, and the path is /usr/bin/kdeconnect-app. Sometimes you need to logout to refresh .desktop files

@rubenwardy This is one of the things that, still in 2020, make me get crazy! On top of things like: "First, you need to open KDE Connect on your computer and phone." without specifying *how*!

@gianf for me, the application was just called KDE Connect on both

@rubenwardy Yep. Most likely I have to log off and on. The app on the phone lists my computer and I can even see the notification on the computer saying the the phone would like to pair but I have no way to do it. :)

After trying all the executables starting with KDE which do not work I ran this:

$ kdeinit5 was not found. was not found.
kdeinit5: preparing to launch '/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libexec/kf5/klauncher'
kdeinit5: Launched KLauncher, pid = 11361, result = 0
Connecting to deprecated signal QDBusConnectionInterface::serviceOwnerChanged(QString,QString,QString)
kdeinit5: opened connection to :0

I might try again next time I login. Or maybe remove it.

@gianf that's not the right one, that looks very wrong - it looks like you have installed parts of plasma. What package did you install from apt? It should have been kdeconnect

@rubenwardy Computer restarted. Same situation. apt remove kdeconnect and apt autoremove. Bye bye. Shame but... no willing to use my time for this.
Thanks a lot! :)

@rubenwardy True. And I can always say no when apt shows the total download size, before the boom.

@gianf I was also worried that it would pull in all of Plasma (KDE's DE), so I checked - but it didn't

@LienRag It's designed to work in both directions, I don't think the PC->Android direction is as well developed yet because there's less interest I guess

Sign in to participate in the conversation

Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.