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SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 SP2 to Ship with GNOME 3.20, Public Beta Out Now

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Today, June 30, 2016, SUSE has had the great pleasure of announcing the availabilty of a public beta release of its upcoming, commercial SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 Service Pack 2 operating system.

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Mutter Updated for GNOME 3.20 to Fix the X11/Wayland Copy and Paste Interaction

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The GNOME developers are always hard at work patching bugs in the popular desktop environment used by default in many GNU/Linux operating systems, and today they've updated the GNOME Shell and Mutter components.

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Why GNOME 3.X Has Been Good for Linux and FOSS

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I recently took my first look at GNOME 3. I’d played around with GNOME 2 a couple of times back in 2002 and 2003, not caring for it very much. This was in small part due to the fact that on Mandrake 9.X, GNOME was unstable and prone to crashing, but mainly because I found it wasn’t configurable enough for my taste. I stuck with KDE, which even back in the dark ages of the early 21st century was uber configurable.

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GNOME News

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  • Tool To Customize Numix Theme Colors `Oomox` Sees New Release, Now Available In PPA

    Oomox supports GTK3 and GTK2, and it includes Openbox and Xfwm4 themes. Unity is also supported, though changing the window buttons color is not yet supported.

  • Tracker Search Engine to Adapt to New GKqueue Monitor Mapping for GNOME 3.22

    We reported the other day that the GNOME developers released the third snapshot towards the upcoming GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, meaning that many of the core components and apps were improved.

    Tracker, the open-source semantic data store software, which is responsible for indexing different sources needed for the search engine integration of the GNOME desktop environment, implemented via GNOME Shell and other apps from the GNOME Stack, has been updated to version 1.9.0.

  • Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 20th, 2016
  • Behind the scenes with the developers

    I had the privilege of sitting in on the GTK+ hackfest in Toronto last week, getting re-energized for my day job by hanging out with developers from Canonical, Collabora, Endless and Red Hat. Toronto is a fabulous city for a hackfest, and Red Hat provided a great workspace.

  • GTK+ hackfest 2016

    A dozen GNOME hackers invaded the Red Hat office in Toronto last week, to spend four days planning the next year of work on our favourite toolkit, GTK+; and to think about how Flatpak applications can best integrate with the rest of the desktop.

  • Bad news: I’m not attending GUADEC
  • Calendar Updates

    The week-view already had good amount of code written for it. So the basic files were already existing.

  • Spreadsheet Function Semantics

    Excel being Excel there are, of course, special cases. “=” does not mean to look for empty strings. Instead it means to look for blank cells. And strings that can be parsed as numbers, dates, booleans, or whatever are equivalent to searching for such values. These are all just examples of run-of-the-mill Excel weirdness.

    The thing that really makes me suspect that Excel designers were under the influence of potent psycho-active substances is that, for no good reason, pattern matching criteria like “foo*bar” mean something different for the two flavours of functions. For the “D” functions it means /^foo.*bar/ in grep terms, whereas for the “if” functions it means /^foo.*bar$/. Was that really necessary?

Mutter Receives Wayland Improvements, Memory Leak Plugged from GNOME Shell

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We reported earlier on the release of the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment, which was made available for early adopters and public testers who want to see what's coming to GNOME 3.22 later this year.

The GNOME Shell user interface and Mutter window and compositing manager have been updated to version 3.21.3 as well, and we would like to tell you all about the improvements and new features that landed in these new development releases.

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GTK+ GUI Toolkit Updated for GNOME 3.21.3 with More Wayland Improvements

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Now that the GNOME 3.21.3 desktop environment is out the door for public testers and early adopters who can't wait for the GNOME 3.22 release this fall, it's time for us to take a look at other upcoming GNOME and GTK+ technologies.

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GNOME 3.21.3 released

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Hello all,

GNOME 3.21.3, the third snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle, is now
available. You want it!

To compile GNOME 3.21.3, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
[2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.3/

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Also: GNOME 3.21.3 Offers an Early Taste of What's Coming to the GNOME 3.22 Desktop

GNOME 3.22 to Offer Usability Improvements to IMAP and SMTP Providers, More

Leftovers: GNOME Software

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  • GTK Hackfest 2016

    I'm back from the GTK hackfest in Toronto, Canada and mostly recovered from jetlag, so it's time to write up my notes on what we discussed there.

    Despite the hackfest's title, I was mainly there to talk about non-GUI parts of the stack, and technologies that fit more closely in what could be seen as the freedesktop.org platform than they do in GNOME. In particular, I'm interested in Flatpak as a way to deploy self-contained "apps" in a freedesktop-based, sandboxed runtime environment layered over the Universal Operating System and its many derivatives, with both binary and source compatibility with other GNU/Linux distributions.s

  • Scenario tasks

    In the upcoming weeks you will be able to see these tips “in action” since we will create more scenario tasks for GNOME applications.

  • Wrapping up scenario tasks

    And scenario tasks need to be written using the language that your testers would normally use. Avoid using very technical words if your users wouldn't be technical. You might use technical words and phrases if you were building a usability test for a programmer's IDE and Debugger, but you wouldn't use technical words and phrases for a general desktop environment like GNOME. It's all about finding the right balance and "voice" in your scenario tasks.

  • Maple syrup

    Last week I attended the GTK+ hackfest in Toronto. We had a really good group of people for the event, which lasted 4 days in total, and felt really productive.

    There were a number of interesting discussion and planning sessions, from a design point of view, including a session on Flatpak “portals” and another on responsive design patterns.

GNOME News

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  • The UX for GNOME Music’s tag editor
  • First contribution

    My first contribution for GNOME project is a usability test for Nautilus, Firefox and Gedit also the environment itself. I started this test by explaining what is usability testing and why is it important and then walked trough the methods I used for conducting the test as well as the end results and some recommendations .

  • Final Results - GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Elections 2016

    The preliminary results for this year's elections were not challenged. This means, in the next term, our Board of Directors will be composed of the following Foundation members:

    Allan Day
    Cosimo Cecchi
    Shaun McCance
    Nuritzi Sanchez
    Alexandre Franke
    Jim Hall
    Meg Ford

  • Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 13th, 2016
  • Thoughts on the Linux Mint X-Apps forks

    You may be aware that Linux Mint has forked several GNOME applications, either directly from GNOME (Totem -> Xplayer, Evince -> Xreader, Eye of GNOME -> Xviewer), or indirectly via MATE (gedit -> pluma -> XEd).

    GNOME is like the Debian of the Linux desktops. But is it a good thing? In the current state of the code, I don’t think so and I’ll explain why, with a solution: creating more shared libraries.

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  • The Document Foundation and GNOME Foundation to tighten their relationship, by exchanging seats in their Advisory Boards

    The Document Foundation and GNOME Foundation have decided to tighten their relationship, in a move intended to create stronger ties between the two communities, and to foster the integration between LibreOffice and one of the most popular desktop environments for Linux.

    The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that furthers the goals of the GNOME Project, which is composed of both volunteers and paid contributors, helping it to create a free software computing platform for the general public that is designed to be elegant, efficient, and easy to use.

  • Stepping towards Proxies.

    I’m doing a GSoC project this summer which in a single line is to “handle proxies in our system”. Some of us may not have encountered this headache ever . The problem starts arising from the time we start thinking of multiple connections with proxies enabled . Firefox or any browser can’t be helpful in this case ( it doesn’t know which proxy to choose for an inserted URL). Env vars like http_proxy, https_proxy ? No!. We can’t use a LAN thing with a VPN, so there’s no scope for a generic proxy ( Proxies are meant to be separate for each connection like all other network resources ) . So what we needed ?

  • Examining transit tracks on the map

    Oh, and as a little word of warning, in case someone is planning on trying this out at home, there is currently a bug in the latest git master of OpenTripPlanner that makes useage without OSM data loaded in the server (as is what I have intended for GNOME usage, since we already have GraphHopper, and as OTP would probably not scale well loading many large regions worth of raw OSM data) querying for routes using pure coordinates doesn't work in that case, so I'm on a couple of weeks old commit right now.
    I might wait until this is resolve. Or I might actually look into trying to query for transit stops near the start and finish point and use that when performing the actual query, which might actually yield better result when selecting a subset of allowed transit modes.

    It is also probably time to start trying to find funding for a machine hosting an OTP instance for GNOME Smile

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  • Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos
    Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016. However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn't work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.
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  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Open source is a mindset
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  • GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery
    GitHub today announced that it’s releasing activity data for 2.8 million open source code repositories and making it available for people to analyze with the Google BigQuery cloud-based data warehousing tool. The data set is free to explore. (With BigQuery you get to process up to one terabyte each month free of charge.) This new 3TB data set includes information on “more than 145 million unique commits, over 2 billion different file paths and the contents of the latest revision for 163 million files, all of which are searchable with regular expressions,” Arfon Smith, program manager for open source data at GitHub, wrote in a blog post.
  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
  • Can Capital One change banking with open source, mobile apps, and NoSQL?
    Oron Gill Haus of Capital One came to MongoDB World to present on Hygieia, an open source DevOps dashboard built on MongoDB. Behind that dashboard lies an ambition to change the customer banking experience – no small feat. Prior to his keynote, Haus shared his team’s story with me.
  • How bank Capital One developed an open source DevOps visualisation tool based on MongoDB
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  • What is DC/OS?
    What if we could take the total amount of power in any cloud computing datacentre and provide a means of defining that as one total abstracted compute resource? This notion has given brith to DC/OS, a technology base built on Apache Mesos to abstract a datacentre into a single computer, pooling distributed workloads and (allegedly) simplifying both rollout and operations.
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    Apache Bahir bolsters Big Data processing by serving as a home for existing connectors that initiated under Apache Spark, as well as provide additional extensions/plugins for other related distributed system, storage, and query execution systems.
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    Recently, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.
  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.