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KDE and GNOME: Kube, EndlessOS, Pango and Harfbuzz

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  • Last months in Kube

    You may have noticed that it’s been a while since the last release. This is not only because releases are additional work, but also because we already have a continuous delivery method with the nightly flatpak.

    It’s clear that releases do provide value, both as a communication tool which version should be packaged, and if they would be maintained. With the current manpower we cannot maintain releases though, which makes it significantly less interesting.

    With that said, the 0.8 release with the calendar is now long overdue and should be coming out soonish.

  • Daniel García Moreno: EndlessOS dual boot with Fedora
  • Matthias Clasen: Pango future directions

    This doesn’t mean that text rendering is in decline. Far from it. In fact, Harfbuzz is more active than ever and has had unprecedented success: All major Web browsers, toolkits, and applications are using it.

    We’ve discussed for a while how to best take advantage of Harfbuzz’ success for text rendering on the desktop. Our conclusion is that we have to keep Pango from getting in the way. It should be a thin and translucent layer, and not require us to plumb APIs for every new feature through several internal abstractions.

    We have identified several steps that will let us make progress towards this goal.

Future Improvements For Pango

  • GNOME Developers Plot Future Improvements For Pango

    The Pango layout engine library that's been around for nearly two decades and used by GNOME's GTK and other software hasn't seen much love lately. Fortunately, Matthias Clasen and others are envisioning some improvements to this library and modeling it more around the HarfBuzz shaping engine work.

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