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GNOME Online Accounts 3.13.2 Adds Support or Photos and Maps

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The 3.13.x branch of GNOME is strictly for development and it will eventually evolve into the stable 3.14, but that's a long way ahead. Until then, the developers free to implement changes and new features.

The previous version in this branch brought some very interesting changes and the developers removed Windows and Twitter support from the software, among other changes.

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GNOME Mutter 3.13.2 Brings HiDPI Support On Wayland

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GNOME 3.10 brought initial work on HiDPI support -- displays with very high pixel densities -- and that support improved greatly with GNOME 3.12. Most of that work up to now has been about supporting HiDPI displays under the X.Org Server, but now for GNOME 3.14 there's basic HiDPI support for Mutter on Wayland.

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SPICE UP YOUR LINUX DESKTOP WITH THE MOKA PROJECT GTK / ICON THEMES

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Moka started as a single icon theme but it has evolved into an entire project which includes multiple GTK and icon themes for the Linux desktop as well as icon themes for Android, all designed / developed by +Sam Hewitt.

Currently, the Moka Project consists of 3 beautiful GTK themes (Moka, Orchis and Stark) and 3 icon themes (Moka, Faba and Faba Colors) for Linux desktops, accompanied by a GNOME Shell and a Plank theme.

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Salix MATE 14.1 RC1 Is a Distro for Users Who Can't Let Go of GNOME 2

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Salix MATE 14.1 RC1, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Slackware that is simple, fast, easy to use, and based on the MATE desktop environment, has been released and users can now test it.

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Features On The Roadmap For GTK+

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Yesterday the GTK+ gestures support branch was merged but besides that basic gestures support within the GNOME tool-kit, there's also many other features and improvements on the agenda for GTK+ developers.

The gestures support is one of the big GTK+ 3.14 features due out this September, but that's not the only big ticket item. Landing into the GTK+ code-base recently has been the new GtkInspector for better GTK+ debugging capabilities and based on GtkParasite. Another change planned for GTK+ 3.14 is making Adwaita the default GTK theme.

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GTK+ Gestures Support Merged

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The gestures support for GTK+ seem to be primarily the result of One Laptop Per Child and Red Hat. Among the GTK+ gestures are for dragging, long presses, multi-press, panning, rotating, swiping, zooming, etc, and obviously geared for tablets and other input devices. The GTK+ gestures support is almost 10,000 lines of code.

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Yorba’s Promising Calendar “California” and Email Client “Geary” Bring More Style to GNOME

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Yorba Foundation, the prominent developer of Shotwell photo manager, has recently announced their development of a new slick and stylish calendar app for GNOME called “California.” It has now been included into Yorba’s daily PPA for testing on Ubuntu systems and looks just as promising and stylish as their minimalist email client Geary.

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Antergos 2014.05.14 RC Is a Distro Based on GNOME 3.12 with Numix Artwork

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It's been a long time since the Antergos release, but the developers of this interesting distribution have returned with a new version. They are using the latest GNOME 3.12 packages, but they are also working to change the default GNOME look that can be found in the stock release.

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GNOME 3.12 Can Be Enhanced with the Beautiful Zukitwo Theme

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The Zukitwo theme was one of the first to get GNOME 3.12 support, shortly after the launch of the new desktop environment. This theme only works with GNOME Shell 3.12 and GTK+ 3.12, which means that it might create problems on other systems.

According to the changelog, the progress bar has been corrected and the button border is now better focused. This should make the buttons much more visible.

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INTRODUCING GTKINSPECTOR

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If you need to solve a tricky GTK+ problem in your application, gtkparasite is a very useful tool to have around. It lets you explore the widget hierarchy, change properties, tweak theme settings, and so on.

Unfortunately, gtkparasite is a tool for people ‘in the know’ - it is not part of GTK+, not advertised on our website, and not available out of the box on your average GTK+ installation.

At the Developer Experience hackfest in Berlin a few weeks ago, the assembled GTK+ developers discussed fixing this situation by making an interactive debugger like gtkparasite part of GTK+ itself. This way, it will be available whenever you run a GTK+ application, and we can develop and improve the debugging tools alongside the toolkit.

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Sometimes when reviewing an operating system it is difficult to separate the question "Is this a good distribution?" from "Is this a good distribution for me?" Bodhi is one of those projects where the answers to these questions are quite different, mostly over matters of style rather than functionality. On a personal level, I don't think I would ever be inclined to use Bodhi myself because I don't like the Moksha/Enlightenment style of desktop. It does a lot of little things differently (not badly, just differently) from other open source desktops and its style is not one I ever seem to find comfortable. This, combined with the streamlined, web-based AppCenter and unusual settings panel, makes Bodhi a distribution which always feels a bit alien to me. Let's put aside my personal style preferences though and try to look at the distribution objectively. Bodhi is trying to provide a lightweight, visually attractive distribution with a wide range of hardware support. It manages to do all of these things and do them well. The distribution is paying special attention to lower-end hardware, including 32-bit systems, and maintains a remarkably small memory footprint given the amount of functionality and eye candy included. Most lightweight distributions sacrifice quite a bit visually in order to provide the lightest interface possible, but Bodhi does a nice job of balancing low resource requirements with an attractive desktop environment. Bodhi is pleasantly easy to install, thanks to the Ubiquity installer, has a minimal collection of software (in the main edition) that allows us to craft our own experience and, for people who need more applications out of the box, there is the AppPack edition. All of this is to say that, for me personally, I spent more time that I would have liked this week searching through settings, trying to get used to how Moksha's panel works, tracking down less popular applications and re-learning when to use right-click versus left-click on the desktop. But, objectively, I would be hard pressed to name another distribution that more elegantly offers a lightweight desktop with visual effects, or that offers such easy access to both legacy and modern hardware support. In short, I think Bodhi Linux is a good distribution for those who want to get the most performance out of their operating system without sacrificing hardware support or the appearance of the interface. There are a few little glitches here and there, but sothing show-stopping and, overall, Bodhi is a well put together distribution. Read more

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