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GNOME APPS IN THREE DIMENSIONAL SPACE

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The release of GNOME 3.14 is getting closer and closer and I’m trying my best to have the a video ready for release. The manuscript is still open for revision but is at its final stages. Voice-over should finish around next week or so. And in the meantime I am testing a new workflow in Blender.

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Drawing Web content with OpenGL (ES 3.0) instanced rendering

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Graphics/Benchmarks
GNOME

There is one important conclusion coming out from these experiments: The fact that a rasterizer is normally stateless makes it very inefficient to modify a single element in a scene.

By stateless I mean they do not keep semantic information about the elements being drawn. For example, lets say in one frame I draw a rectangle, and for the next frame I want to draw the same rectangle somewhere else on the canvas. You already have a batch with all the elements of the scene, happily stored in a vertex buffer object on GPU memory, and the rectangle in question is there somewhere. If you could keep the offset where that rectangle is in the batch, you could modify its attributes without having to drop and re-submit the whole batch.

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GNOME 3.14 Still Depends On ConsoleKit, More Systemd Still Planned

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Linux
GNOME

Some plans for the GNOME 3.14 cycle didn't materialize but they're still being developed for future GNOME updates.

For the GNOME 3.14 development cycle was a plan to make most GNOME modules depend on a systemd logind-like API that would only implement the API bits actually used by the respective pieces of GNOME software. The goal was to make this minimal API a shim between the GNOME code and logind for allowing other non-Linux platforms to write an alternative implementation against the API. The purpose of this would be for the BSDs also using GNOME to only have to write a portable implementation of the logind-derived API calls actually being used by GNOME rather than a full, drop-in replacement.

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Also: OpenBSD Made Progress On Their Systemd-Compatible Replacement

SYSTEMD IN GNOME 3.14 AND BEYOND

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Before the start of the GNOME 3.14 cycle, Ryan Lorty announced his intention to make most GNOME modules depend on a logind-like API. The API would just implement the bits that are actually used. According to Ryan, most GNOME modules only use a selection of the logind functionality. He wanted to document exactly what we depend on and provide a minimal API. Then we could write a minimal stub implementation for e.g. FreeBSD as we’d know exactly what parts of the API we actually need. The stub would still be minimal; allow GNOME to run, but that’s it.

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A Life Worth Living

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So here enters your protagonist. I've left a good job simply for the satisfaction in doing what I think is important.

Let's be honest. I'm terrified. This is the most exciting thing I've ever done. I guess that is what is so attractive to me, adrenaline junkie and all. Will I make it a year? Will I finish what I'm setting out to? Will I let everyone down? Will people hate me because they don't agree with what I think is important? All of these questions, playing like tapes in the back of my consciousness.

The GNOME community has always felt like home to me. Some people leave their jobs and do the start-up thing. That's fun and all, but I'd rather just write software for my friends. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than contributing to this group of people. And like Luis said so many years ago, GNOME is about people.

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GNOME 3.14 Beta 2 Has Been Released!

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Frederic Peters has announced the release of GNOME 3.13.91, the second beta release which is a new step towards 3.14.0, scheduled to be released September 24th. This beta release updates many core applications such as: adwaita-icon-theme, Baobab, Caribou, Clutter, Clutter-gtk, Epiphany, Evince, GNOME Display Manager, glibmm, Gnome Contacts, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Desktop, GNOME Screenshot, GNOME Shell, GNOME System Monitor, grilo, GTK+, LibGWeather, Mutter, Nautilus (Files), Pango, Totem (Videos), Vala, and more.

There are alot modules that have not been upgraded in this release. I have made a list of them so you can read and get informed about them.

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The GNOME Foundation's 2013 annual report

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The GNOME Foundation has put out its annual report for 2013 as a 24-page PDF file. "As you will see when you read this annual report, there have been a lot of great things that have happened for the GNOME Foundation during this period. Two new companies joined our advisory board, the Linux Foundation and Private Internet Access. The work funded by our accessibility campaign was completed and we ran a successful campaign for privacy. During this period, there was a fantastic Board of Directors, a dedicated Engagement team (who worked so hard to put this report together), and the conference teams (GNOME.Asia, GUADEC and the Montreal Summit) knocked it out of the park. Most importantly, we’ve had an influx of contributors, more so than I’ve seen in some time."

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Try GNOME 3.14 Beta 1 with Wayland Without Installing Anything

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GNOME is working to implement official Wayland support for the upcoming 3.14 release and they seem to be more than half way there. It's difficult to test the new GNOME 3.14 Beta updates that have been made until now, especially with the Wayland integration, but a Reddit user posted a short and easy-to-follow tutorial in this regard.

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Ten Years of GParted

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GNU
Linux
GNOME

The GParted team is happy to announce the tenth anniversary of GParted.

The first public release of GParted was version 0.0.3 on August 26th, 2004. Over the past 10 years, much has happened. Following are some statistics:

Over 300 people have contributed to GParted
Many GNU/Linux distributions now include GParted
Translators have worked to make GParted available in over 50 different languages
GParted is used in over 220 countries around the world
There have been over 17 million downloads from Sourceforge alone

To mark the occasion, questions were posed, and following are responses shared by some key contributors.

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Evolve OS Features a Beautiful Desktop Environment with a GNOME 2 Vibe

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Evolve OS, a new Linux distribution that's still under development and that features a new desktop environment, is now reaching out to the GNOME 2 fans and showing that they might find some solace with this operating system.

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Wine 3.9 Released

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