This article provides some insight into the current Dr460nized migration, which replaces the previous Latte-Dock layout with regular Plasma panels.
The main reason for this change is that to the unmaintained Latte-Dock starts to become incompatible with KDE Plasma 5.27 in various aspects. Latte-Dock has not been updated in ages due to being EOL. Therefore a complete theme overhaul that tries to stay faithful to the original has been released and needs to be applied to keep your system working as intended. Our Garuda System Maintenance application tries to detect current Latte-Dock setups, offering easy migration to the new Plasma panel layout.
Upon confirming the migration, previous configuration files are renamed to
*.bak, in case you want to revert the changes. Otherwise, the migration can be started by accessing the tray menu of
Depending on individual workflows, there might be other functionalities missing. We tried our best to retain the typical dr460nized theme while using Plasma panels as the base.
There are two ways of applying the migration:
Make sure you have the package garuda-dr460nized installed.
Head over to the Plasma System Settings and apply the new Global theme from the appearance menu:
sudo pacman -Rns latte-dock
If you used the Meta key binding from Latte-Dock in order to launch your Application Launcher, you will have to manually unbind it so that standard Plasma can grab the key and use it to launch the Application Launcher. The migration does this automatically for you! However if you migrated before this change was integrated in the migration, or if your Application Launcher does not start anymore, there are 2 ways to fix it manually:
OR you can keep the section, then you have to replace lattedock with plasmashell
No matter how you perform the migration, it will reset all your custom Theme configurations. Wallpaper, color schemes, window decorations, etc. and of course all Latte launchers, systray icons and additional widgets you would have. Please take note of your current configuration before applying the change.
When applying the theme, in some use cases it may not fully apply. If you feel you are missing something (system tray icons are different, wallpaper is not as expected, colors seem different, etc.), just head over Plasma System Settings and validate the following sections with expected result:
Global Theme = Dr460nized
Application Style = kvantum-dark
Plasma Style = Dr460nized
Colors = Sweet
Window Decorations = Sweet-Dark
If they differ from the above, select and apply them.
It is not recommended to manually add a default panel/dock, unless you are doing so on your other monitors. For the primary monitor, please use the Global Theme section in Plasma System Settings.
By default, the new Dr460nized global theme does only apply to the primary monitor, while Latte was configured to display the same panels on all monitors by default. However, the top panel / top bar can easily be added to other monitors by rightclicking the desktop and selecting
Add panel ->
Garuda default dock/panel. You can even configure yourself a different Panel and Dock for each of your monitors.
While we don’t force the migration, it is strongly suggested to apply the changes. After all, Latte-Dock will become unstable or useless sooner or later due to missing a dedicated maintainer. Applying the migration now saves you precious time spent wondering why the dock suddenly doesn’t show any icons anymore.
On average vertical resolution sizes (1080, 1440), the visual result is most of the time as shown above.
On higher resolution screens, like 2160, both the Dock and Top Panel will have the tendency to look smaller. This is due to the way Plasma handles calculating the grid unit vs the physical monitor size and applies a constant to render the end result. If you feel the look is a little too small (or too big!), you can easily change the size of both Panel/Dock or just one if need be.
When changing the size of the Dock, it is normal to not see the icons scale for every number change. Plasma only applies a change in size after a certain number. For example, on this particular installation, at 50 the icons look like this:
and at 52 they look like this:
and will continue to look the same size until 68 where they grow more in one shot. That is by Plasma design.
Those numbers vary depending on your resolution.