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  • Sysprof + Builder

    After the GNOME 3.20 cycle completed I started revamping Sysprof. More here, here, and here. The development went so smoothly that I did a 3.20 release a couple of weeks later.

    A primary motivation of that work was rebuilding Sysprof into a set of libraries for building new tools. In particular, I wanted to integrate Sysprof with Builder as our profiler of choice.

    On my flight back from GUADEC I laid the groundwork to integrate these two projects. As of Builder 3.21.90 (released yesterday) you can now profile your project quite easily. There are more corner cases we need to handle but I consider those incremental bugs now.

  • GUADEC… Its been fun.

    I’m not really much of a traveler or outgoing in any way. So when I was invited to GUADEC, I wasn’t very sure about it. It took some encouragement from my mentor and a fellow GSoC mate to convince me. And… I’m glad I went!

    It was one of those things that I could not have experienced from my comfy chair to which I reserve myself for the greater part of my day. In fact this trip makes me feel I might be wrong about social interactions not being time well spent for me (but then again I don’t exactly buckle down into ambitious projects, so you’re free to call me ignorant).

  • gnome-boxes: GSoC Evaluation

    This post is meant to be a final self-evaluation and self-analysis of my work for gnome-boxes during the summer. The initial project idea was about implementing/fixing a bunch of SPICE-based features/bugs to/in Boxes. The list of bugs of the SPICE component has since changed, as some new bugs have been discovered and some old ones have been closed, so I made a summary of my involvement...

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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks like it may be getting a Linux & SteamOS release

    Woah! Holy Sh...Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks like it may be getting a Linux & SteamOS release which has literally blown my tiny little mind.

  • The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt, a free to play pirate ship sim is coming to Linux

    From Polish developers Home Net Games it features pretty nice visuals, but I am doing my usual wait and see approach on their funding method. Hopefully it won't be pay to win malarkey.

    Looking at their website, it looks like it's already a mobile game that is now being pushed onto PC. Hopefully they won't make the same mistake a lot of developers do and keep the mobile feel to it.

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Might Be Seeing A Linux Release

    Today marked the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Windows gamers and there's signs it might see a native Linux port.

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is a RPG stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. This single-player game has so far received positive reviews from Windows game sites.

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  • Maps is fast again!

    Once your distro of choice picks up one of these stable releases you should be back to at least the old Mapquest speed of Maps. And if your distro upgrades to latest libchamplain when it arrives you will see even greater speeds.

  • GTK Scene Kit Isn't Happening In Time For GNOME 3.22

    With GNOME 3.19 there were plans for a GTK scenegraph and this GTK Scene Kit (GSK) was then planned for 3.20 and then most recently hoped for 3.22. But it's not happening.

    One of the big user benefits to the GTK Scene Kit will be offloading more work to the GPU and while it looked like GSK may finally be a reality for GNOME 3.22, this morning we found out it's not going to be merged in time.

  • GSoC: final evaluation

    This blog-post contains the final evaluation of my Google summer of Code 2016 project for the GNOME organization. More precisely, I’ve been working in the Games application under the mentorship of Adrien Plazas implementing multi-source/multi-disc games and offer support to the PlayStation platform.

  • GUADEC

    I arrived at GUADEC a few days early to participate in the Board and AdBoard meetings.

  • GSoC Summary

    The goal to be achieved was to be able to play both single player and multiplayer emulated games using a gamepad in GNOME Games

GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" Desktop Environment Gets Its First Public Beta Release

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GNOME Project's Frederic Peters informs us a few minutes ago about the availability of the first Beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.22 "Karlsruhe" desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems.

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  • GUADEC 2016, laptops and tablets made to run GNOME, surprise Pitivi meeting

    I arrived a couple of days early to attend my last GNOME Foundation board meeting, in one of the KIT’s libraries. The building’s uncanny brutalist architecture only added to the nostalgia of a two years adventure coming to an end:

  • GUADEC: what a week!

    So, another GUADEC is over. As I said in the previous post, this was my second time at the event. This time I’ve tried to be more involved: I applied for the volunteer team by helping with the catering which gave me the opportunity to meet the organizers (by the way, they are amazing!). Volunteering is a great experience, you have the opportunity to see some parts of the hard work that is behind the scene in a conference like GUADEC. I would recommend it to everyone!

  • GNOME's New US-Based Conference Is One Month Away

    Happening next month in Portland, Oregon is GNOME's first US-based conference.

    The Libre Application Summit (LAS) is the new event hosted by GNOME. It's described as like "a userland version of the Linux Plumbers conference." There will be discussions at LAS about Flatpak and other application technologies.

  • GNOME Photos 3.21.90 released
  • GNOME Photos 3.22 Is Coming With Sharing Support

    GNOME Photos 3.21.90 was released this weekend and it finally adds experimental sharing support ahead of next month's GNOME 3.22 release.

  • Do you want to test GNOME Photos?

    If you are interested in testing the latest version of GNOME Photos, now it will be easier than before!

    Recently we made Photos available as a Flatpak application. This means that you can now run the latest, unstable version and help us to find regressions or general bugs. At this time to install the application you still need to use the command line.

  • Oranchelo: A New Flat Icon Theme for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    You may have tried lots of icon themes and you may have a favorite but it is always a good idea to give try a new theme, who knows you may like. Here we are presenting you a new icon theme 'Oranchelo' which made way to Linux last year and continuously adding new icons. It is created with the design techniques "flat" and "Flat Long Shadow". Basically it is inspired by two icon themes "super-flat-remix" and "Cornie icons", some icons are also extracted from the pack Plateau icon theme. There is an official PPA from creator of this pack but only offers package for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives. Since this icon theme is in active development, if you encounter any missing icon then directly report it creator via Github page. Arc theme suite used in the following screenshots and you can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

  • Recap of first impressions
  • Paper Prototype Test Analysis

    This usability test was a paper prototype usability test of the updated GNOME Settings application. Ciarrai included ten testers between twenty and forty years old, with good gender distribution (male, female, nonbinary) and pretty equal preferred OS platform (Mac, Windows, Linux) with slightly more non-technology professionals than technology professionals. Every participant claimed to use the internet daily. Only three of the participants had ever seen GNOME before.

KDE and GNOME

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  • Taming KDEwallet

    On opensuse forums, I often see complaints about KDEwallet (or “kwallet” for short). It can be annoying at times. In this post, I’ll indicate ways of keeping it under control.

    While this is oriented toward opensuse, it should also apply to other distros with one caveat. In opensuse, some of the applications have their settings and configuration under the directory “$HOME/.kde4”. For other distros, it is more typical to use “$HOME/.kde” (without that final “4”). So just adjust my suggestions accordingly.

  • KDE Applications 16.08 Released, Canonical Becomes A Patron

    KDE Applications 16.08 was released today as the newest bundle of KDE applications built atop KDE Frameworks 5.

    KDE Applications 16.08 features the KF5 ports of Kolourpaint, Cervisia, and KDiskFree. KDE's Kontact suite has also been improved upon, Marble 2.0 was added, Ark archiving support can now handle ApplImage and more, the Konsole terminal has been improved, and much more.

  • Emoji Toolbar Control
  • Contributors to Nautilus

    At GUADEC Andre Klaper made a report of top most contributors to GNOME in the last year, and to my surprise I saw my name in the top 5 of patch reviewers. Did I really review so many patches?

  • Mutter Now Supports Virtual Input Devices, GNOME Shell Improved Wayland Keyboard

    The GNOME 3.21.90 packages were released this week in preparation for next month's GNOME 3.22 desktop release.

    GNOME Shell 3.21.90 features an improved on-screen keyboard for Wayland. Also various bugs were fixed as part of this update.

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  • Unit Testing GTK+ libraries: has_default GtkWidget property
  • Autotools Templates for GNOME Builder for GTK+ Vala applications

    I’ve recently finished a makefile to make easy to create GTK+ applications as well as GTK+ libraries using Vala programing language.

  • Looking forward to LAS GNOME!

    I'm on the schedule for LAS GNOME this September, to share our usability test results. Diana, Ciarrai and Renata have been working hard this summer in GNOME Outreachy, doing different usability tests. Our tests include a paper prototype test of the new Settings app, a traditional usability test of other areas of GNOME development, and a first experience test where people use GNOME for the first time. This promises to be interesting!

  • First impressions of GNOME usability testing

    I am delighted to have completed usability testing on 10 participants!

    Generally speaking, the testing process went really well. There are of course some downsides to it. I’ll go ahead and share an unordered list of some things that went right and some that went wrong:

  • Flock & GUADEC 2016

    The last two weeks were pretty busy for me because I travelled to two of my most favourite conferences – Flock and GUADEC.

    Flock was held in Krakow this year, so the traveling was a sort of easy for me. Krakow is just 350 km from Brno which is about 3.5 hours by car. The conference was again organized in the hotel where almost everyone stayed. The same setup was already in Rochester last year and people appreciated it. It’s very convenient. You don’t have to travel to the venue, you can sneak out to have a nap, which is super useful if you’re fighting jet lag, and you can use hotel facilities such as a gym or swimming pool.

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  • A quick look at using JSX in GNOME

    Thanks to a travel sponsorship from the GNOME foundation, I was able to attend the GTK+ hackfest in Toronto recently. The discussions and energy there inspired me to work on a prototype of something I had been thinking about for a while: using JSX to create GtkWidgets.

  • GSoC: final week and results

    Hello everyone, I’m very glad to announce that my GSoC project about implementing games with multiple medias is being finished this very week. Although the code is still being tested, it won’t have big changes. With that said, I’ll show and explain the results.

  • Using the GtkSourceView API to write scripts that manipulate text

    In the gnome-c-utils repository, I wrote some scripts that use the GtkSourceView library.

    When a script needs to read some text, search something in it, and possibly edit the content, then having a GtkTextBuffer is really convenient.

  • The Meson build system at GUADEC 2016

    For the third year in a row, Centricular was at GUADEC, and this year we sponsored the evening party on the final day at Hoepfner’s Burghof! Hopefully everyone enjoyed it as much as we hoped. Smile

    The focus for me this year was to try and tell people about the work we've been doing on porting GStreamer to Meson and to that end, I gave a talk on the second day about how to build your GNOME app ~2x faster than before.

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  • Analyzing usability test results
  • My Keynote at GUADEC 2016

    Last Friday, I gave the first keynote at GUADEC 2016. I was delighted for the invitation from the GNOME Foundation to deliver this talk, which I entitled Confessions of a command line geek: why I don’t use GNOME but everyone else should.

  • GUADEC 2016: Core Days

    I’m having the opportunity to once again go to GUADEC. I’ve had many great discussions, There’s so many great people to meet here.

  • GNOME Turns 19, Debian Turns 23 Years Old

    There are at least two exciting Linux/open-source birthdays to celebrate this week.

    Yesterday marked 19 years since the GNOME desktop environment was founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena.

GNOME Turns 19, GUADEC Coverge

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  • GNOME Turns 19 Years Old Today

    Today marks the 19th birthday of the GNOME project.

    Founded back in August of 1997 by two university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena, the GNOME project has since grown into one of the biggest open-source projects in the world.

    Icaza and Quintero’s aim was to create an open-source, free desktop environment that was user-friendly, easy to use, and well designed.

    Through a diverse and global community the project gave birth to the GNOME desktop environment and the vibrant software ecosystem that has been built around it.

  • GNOME's GUADEC 2016 Videos Now Available

    Running this weekend in Karlsruhe, Germany was the 2016 GUADEC conference -- GNOME's annual big event. It looked like it was another excellent event and the videos are now available.

    I haven't yet found any resource with a complete list of all the slides from the event, but at least the video recordings are now available for those that were unable to watch the livestreams.

  • GUADEC 2016 – Day 1
  • GUADEC 2016 — Day 2

    A dinner tradition in our house is to share three great things from our day. Being at GUADEC is making it hard to remember to do this, so I thought I would list them here.

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