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  • GNOME Gaming Handheld

    Recently I got myself a GPD Win, to make it simple it's a PC in a Nintendo 3DS XL form factor, with a keyboard and a game controller. It comes with Windows 10 and many not too demanding games work perfectly on it: it's perfect to run indie games from Steam and for retro consoles emulation.

  • Dark title bars for apps with dark UI

    I really like the polished look of GNOME and its default theme Adwaita, but there is one thing that has been bugging me for some time. By default server side window decorations are light and if an app has a dark UI and uses a server side window decorations, you get a dark window with a light title bar. It doesn’t look every nice and when you maximize the window, it’ll get even worse because you get a nice black-and-white hamburger (black top bar, light title bar, and dark window content).

  • KDE Neon Invites Users to Test Drive the Latest Wayland ISO with KDE Plasma 5.9

    Jonathan Riddell is continuing to improve the KDE Neon Linux distribution with the latest Open Source software and GNU/Linux technologies, and he had the pleasure to announce the availability of a new development version of KDE Neon Developer Edition.

    Tomorrow, we should be able to get our hands on the Beta release of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment, but KDE Neon users can already test drive it if they download the new KDE Neon Developer Unstable Edition operating system, which also switches to the next-generation Wayland display server.


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Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 to Be Based on the GNOME 3.22 Stack, Now Ships Linux 4.9

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While the first Alpha development release of the upcoming Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system was skipped, we'd like to tell you a little bit about what you should expect from the next Alpha build.

First things first, we recommend reading our initial report if you want to familiarize yourself with the new or upcoming features of Ubuntu 17.04, but in this article we'd like to tell you all about the Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 flavor, which is now proudly based on the GNOME 3.22 Stack.

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Also: Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' Xfce Edition Beta operating system available for download

GNOME and GTK News

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  • GTK's Vulkan Renderer Now Working On Wayland

    The GTK toolkit's Vulkan renderer continues making quick progress.

    Besides already being faster than their OpenGL renderer, supporting this Vulkan renderer on Windows too, and other improvements, the latest now is that GTK4 with the Vulkan back-end works on Wayland.

  • Librsvg 2.41.0 is released

    This is the first version to have Rust code in it. The public API remains unchanged. Apologies in advance to distros who will have to adjust their build systems for Rust - it's like taking a one-time vaccine; you'll be better off in the end for it.

  • GNOME's SVG Rendering Library Migrating To Rust

    The librsvg library for SVG rendering is up to version 2.41.0 and with this milestone it's their first release to port some code to Rust while maintaining the same public API.

    The GNOME project's Librsvg 2.41.0 implements some parts of the library in the Rust programming language rather than C. The developers decided to do this partial Rust migration for better memory safety, nicer built-in abstractions, and easier for unit testing.


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  • GNOME Builder 3.24 Promises Big Features, 3.22.4 Improves Flatpak Support

    The developers behind the open-source and free GNOME Builder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) app released the fourth maintenance update to the 3.22 stable series.

    That's right, we're talking about GNOME Builder 3.22.4, which comes approximately three weeks after the third point release in the series and promises to improve various components and features of the application, but also to address many of those nasty issues reported by users since GNOME Builder 3.22.3.

  • GTK+ 4 Development Continues with Vulkan Implementation and More Deprecated APIs

    A new development build of the upcoming GTK+ 4 GUI (Graphical User Interface) toolkit used to create those beautiful GTK apps everyone adores arrived last week with a lot of new features and bug fixes.

    GTK+ 3.89.2 comes just one month after the first development snapshot, versioned 3.89.1, and it looks like it comes with a new Vulkan implementation that was added in parallel to the OpenGL one, CSS border-spacing support for the GtkBox and GtkGrid widgets, as well as the gadgets, and a working gtk4-icon-browser.


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  • Outreachy Begins

    My internship in Outreachy is officially started tomorrow. Actually, I felt like dreaming when I got the information that I was elected by GNOME, ariesd from I met too much troubles when I applied GSOC2016 as a absolute rookie in FOSS. So I will treasure this opportunity.


    At last, thanks Marina, Mentor Tong and the maintainers of Chinese localization group who helped and trusted me during the application period. And at the same time, I hope I can contribute more to GNOME, learn more about FOSS organizations, and make more friends through this internship.

  • Outreachy (GNOME)-W1&W2

    My Outreachy intern has been begun for two weeks, and I have completed most UI translations items of GNOME 3.22 (stable).

  • More Vulkan Improvements Land In GTK4 Toolkit Code

    A number of improvements have landed to the GTK4 tool-kit's early back-end work on supporting Vulkan as an alternative to its OpenGL renderer is gaining ground.

Latest on Flatpak 0.8

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  • A stable base for Flatpak: 0.8

    Earlier this week I released Flatpak 0.8.0. The version change is meant to signal the start of a new long-term supported branch. The 0.8.x series will be strictly bugfixes, and all new
    features will happen in 0.9.x.

    The release has a few changes, such as a streamlined command line interface and OCI support, but it also has several additions that make Flatpak more future-proof. For instance, we added versioning to all file formats, and a minimal-flatpak-version-required field for applications.

  • Flatpak 0.8 Released, The Start Of An LTS Stable Branch
  • Larsson: A stable base for Flatpak: 0.8

Best Gnome distro of 2016

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Ever since Gnome 3 came to life, I struggled with how it was realized and what it did, a far cry (but not Far Cry, hi hi) from its predecessor. It was functionally inferior to its rival, and it is the chief reason why MATE and Cinnamon came to life. Then, over the years, it slowly evolved, and now, at last, the combination of its core elements and a thick layer of necessary extensions allows for a decent compromise. Throughout 2016, I tested more Gnome releases than ever before, I was quite pleased with the results, and now we will select the best candidate for this year.

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GNOME Recipes

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  • GNOME Recipes Serves Up Some New Designs
  • GNOME Wants To Help You Cook With GNOME Recipes

    While Matthias Clasen is usually busy working on GTK+, improving GNOME Wayland support, and other core engineering tasks, recently he's been working on a new GNOME application: GNOME Recipes.

    GNOME Recipes is a recipe viewer for the GNOME desktop. It's not just a UI to some web-based recipe service, but currently they are collecting their own recipes -- via BugZilla in fact. But there is also a request to use WikiBooks recipes as a source for a more diverse selection of recipes and in many different languages.


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  • GNOME 3.23.3 Desktop Environment Released, Paves the Way for Using GTK+ 4

    We've just been informed by GNOME Project's Michael Catanzaro about the general availability of the third development release in the GNOME 3.24 desktop environment cycle.

  • GNOME Music 3.24 App to Use Grilo for Storing Metadata, Get Major Revamp

    The GNOME development team have released the third snapshot of the upcoming GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, due for release next year on March 22, and includes a new unstable build of GNOME Music, versioned 3.23.3.

    At the very end of last week, long-time GNOME developer Georges Basile Stavracas Neto wrote an interesting blog post about the future of the GNOME Music app, a music player distributed as part of the GNOME Stack, from where it results that the open-source software project needs a total revamp.

  • Overview of the VP9 video codec

    When I first looked into video codecs (back when VP8 was released), I imagined them being these insanely complex beasts that required multiple PhDs to understand. But as I quickly learned, video codecs are quite simple in concept. Now that VP9 is gaining support from major industry players (see supporting statements in December 2016 from Netflix and Viacom), I figured it’d be useful to explain how VP9 works.

  • A Nice Overview Of The VP9 Codec By A GNOME Developer

    For those interested in learning more low-level details about Google's open-source, royalty-free VP9 video codec, GNOME developer Ronald Bultje has provided a nice overview.

    If you are looking for some nighttime technical reading, Bultje's lengthy blog post covers the impact of VP9, its approach to video coding, and its algorithms for offering better performance over older video codecs.

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