Desktop cube animation disappeared


I've been using Garuda Linux KDE Plasma on my Slimbook Pro2 since June, and enjoying the experience.
Since my last system update (with paru), the Desktop Cube Animation has disappeared from System Settings and I no longer can select it. :scream:
What is going on? Has it been permanently removed from Plasma? I hope not, because this is my favourite desktop animation to switch between desktops.
Congrats for the distribution and keep up the good worl! :muscle:

Here's the output of inxi -Faz:

Kernel: 5.14.12-zen1-1-zen x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
v: 11.1.0
parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen
root=UUID=d5cf848f-e572-44fb-b6ea-20af2b408956 rw
[email protected] quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3
vt.global_cursor_default=0 systemd.unified_cgroup_hierarchy=1
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.0 tk: Qt 5.15.2 info: latte-dock
wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM Distro: Garuda Linux
base: Arch Linux
Type: Laptop System: SLIMBOOK product: PRO v: N/A
serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter>
Mobo: SLIMBOOK model: PRO serial: <filter>
UEFI: American Megatrends v: 1.05.08 date: 10/27/2017
ID-1: BAT0 charge: 30.0 Wh (100.0%)
condition: 30.0/36.5 Wh (82.3%) volts: 12.9 min: 11.4
model: Notebook BAT type: Li-ion serial: <filter>
status: Full
Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-8550U bits: 64
type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake note: check family: 6
model-id: 8E (142) stepping: A (10) microcode: EA cache:
L2: 8 MiB
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8: 4001
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Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache
flushes, SMT vulnerable
Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass
disabled via prctl and seccomp
Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and
__user pointer sanitization
Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB:
conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
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Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.38 running: yes
Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit
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IF: enp58s0f1 state: down mac: <filter>
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Device-1: Intel Bluetooth wireless interface type: USB
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address: <filter>
Local Storage: total: 1.02 TiB used: 54.59 GiB (5.2%)
SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges
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maj-min: 8:18
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maj-min: 8:18
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Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
Processes: 291 Uptime: 1h 42m wakeups: 2 Memory: 31.23 GiB
used: 3.73 GiB (11.9%) Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl
Compilers: gcc: 11.1.0 clang: 12.0.1 Packages: pacman: 2044
lib: 565 Shell: fish v: 3.3.1 default: Bash v: 5.1.8
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Yes, sadly it has been removed.


Why's that?! I suppose there must be a strong reason...
I mean, I cannot find any post saying it was removed from other distributions. Is it specific to Garuda?

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The linked GitLab issue contains all information about it: its an upstream decision, not ours.


Sorry, I have missed the link. Thanks for the clarification.

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Seems like plasma update changed stuff unnecessarily. Alt-tab used to be a cool animation of each screen, now it's just a sidebar. I need to dig through settings and find that and revert it.


With the ongoing scene redesign, these effect need to be rewritten. However, given that they are not used widely based on support information from various bug reports, their huge code size and our available man power being sparse, the most reasonable thing is to drop them (for now), unfortunately.


I weep for the loss of cool animations.


Cant we atleast fork that animation and maintain as our own? When i found out the animations missing i thought i messed up as my OS was acting up so i reloaded an snapshot, since the latest update i had been stressed on the animation change, it was really really cool


I'd second that. Having used the new alt-tab all day it's ugly, it's worse than Windows alt-tab. Turn your compositor off and use it, it's not pretty. Whoever thought gigantic icons that take up 90% of the slot and leave too little room for enough text to see what that browser is shouldn't be designing UIs :rage:

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I am not sure if we can do that without breaking Plasma.

But we can do one thing, creating issues. Just go to

And create issues. More the issues, more the probability that KDE guys will restore it. And maybe you should also try to find more people like you on reddit r/kde


I guess, creating issues will not help.
Helping to rewrite those effects would help.

They dropped it, because they don't have enough people to rewrite it.


Hi there, welcome to the community.

Absolutely yes, if someone can maintain those effects, certainly they should do this.


OMG, is the KDE dev team becoming like Apple.

Apple: the users seem to like this feature, lets remove it.
everyone else: whaaaat!?!??

I miss the cube, I miss my 3D task switcher. :frowning:

edit: I read the article .... they're removing it for the time-being to re-write the code at some point :+1:

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Sometimes They (will...) Come Back :slight_smile:

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