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GNOME: GSoC Projects, GTK, and Eolie 0.9.1

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  • GSoC Report 4

    This report is about Controller Reassignment.

    Previously, Games used to order controllers according to how they were plugged in. So. if I want to be the P1 (which I always want), I can simply exchange the controller with my brother. But hey, what if he is sitting 5 feet away from me?

  • GSoC Report - Part 1

    GJS is a complex piece of software that does some very low-level manipulation using various libraries; the GNOME libs (GLib and friends), libffi, and Mozilla’s SpiderMonkey JS engine.

  • GSoC ’17: Wrapping Things Up

    My GSoC project on GNOME Calendar was full of ups and downs (more ups of course).   As this was my first GSoC project I was practically new to this workflow. Having weekly meetings, pushing code on a timely basis, discussing ideas regularly with my mentor etc. made things all the more intense. There were weeks were I made more progress than expected and then there were weeks where we headed nowhere (due to lack of knowledge regarding recurrences). The reason for this was using the sparsely documented library, ‘libical‘ and deciphering the cryptic code of ‘evolution calendar‘. But in the end everything came out just fine.

GNOME: Development, GUADEC, and Recipes

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  • The joy of rebuilding…

    I guess we all kind of enjoy breaking things and them fixing them up. It might be one of the reasons we want to be programmers. Find a bug, patch it up, test it, break something with what seemed like a good idea, rollback to an earlier version, fix again… etc. It just never ends. And believe it or not, sometimes it really is fun. Sometimes. Unfortunately for me, what follows is a description of one of the other situations, when you really wouldn’t want your precious build to go nuts, but it does. Spoiler: it does have a happy ending, no worries Smile.

  • GUADEC 2017

    It’s summer and it’s GUADEC time! This year’s GUADEC took place in Manchester, England. It was surprisingly less bad for that location Wink The organisers deserve a big round of applause for having pulled the event off. After having organised last year’s GUADEC I have first hands experience running such an event. So a big “thank you” to the team from England Smile

  • Recipes : Wrapping up GSoC ’17

    Its been almost three months that I embarked on GSoC journey with GNOME. And its time to wrap it up. So here it goes ..

Ubuntu 17.10 Continues Refining Its GNOME Shell Theme

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Will Cooke of Canonical is out with another weekly update on the latest happenings for the Ubuntu 17.10 desktop as the "Artful Aardvark" release continues getting closer.

There's been continued work on captive portal detection for Ubuntu 17.10, QPDF/CUPS package upgrades, and a lot of theming work happening this past week for the next Ubuntu release, which has transitioned from the Unity 7 desktop to GNOME Shell. And yes, Wayland still plans to be the default.

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GNOME: GNOME Keysign, BuildStream, Builder, GNOME Settings

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  • GSOC 2017 Keysign wrap up

    The transfer of the keys on GNOME Keysign was limited to the LAN only. This limitation can be a problem when e.g. one user does not have access to a WIFI/Ethernet connection or when the users are connected to an isolated network (like a guest WIFI or an University Intranet).

  • GUADEC & BuildStream

    After a much needed 2 week vacation following GUADEC, finally I’m getting around to writing up a GUADEC post.

  • Code Search for GNOME Builder : Final report

    This is the final report for my GSOC Project Code Search for GNOME Builder. First I want to thank to Christian Hergert for helping me in this project. I successfully achieved 2 objectives in this project, fuzzy search of symbols in the project and improving Go to Definition in GNOME Builder. Here is the final code GitHub of this project which will be merged.

  • Meet the Saner, Streamlined GNOME Settings App [Video]

    As you may be aware, the GNOME Control Center is getting some long overdue love and attention in GNOME 3.26. The macOS inspired icon grid used since the early days of GNOME 3 gives way to a cleaner, saner side-bar based layout, punctuated with some sleek new symbolic icons.

  • GNOME Control Center Switches To Its New Settings Layout

    Georges Stavracas has announced that for GNOME 3.25.91 they have finished up work on their new GNOME Settings user-interface, a.k.a. the redesign to the GNOME Control Center.

    The new settings layout is now used by default, now that they finished up the new GNOME Network panel for this settings area. With the new UI they are rebranding GNOME Control Center as GNOME Settings.

  • Introducing Settings (or, the new Control Center)

    if you’re following the GNOME development closely, you’re now more than aware of this movement of reworking GNOME Control Center. It was a remarkably colossal work, specially because we used a bottom-up approach: fix the panels, then switch to the new shell.

Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 7

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Today’s change will be about one of our last transformation (non visual but in term of feature) on our journey on transforming the default session in Ubuntu Artful. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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GNOME Development Updates

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  • Tracker requires SQLite >= 3.20 to be compiled with –enable-fts5

    Tracker is one of these pieces of software that get no special praise when things work, but you wake up to personal insults on bugzilla when they don’t, today is one of those days.

  • Last Project Phase and 3.26 Features

    Repair and resize is available in the recent 3.25 release and needs at least UDisks 2.7.2. Currently Ext4, XFS and FAT are supported through libblockdev and I hope to extend this list with NTFS soon. There were some race conditions when a resized partition is detected by the kernel again and also the FAT support through libparted is still a bit shaky.

  • GSOC 2017 coming to an end

    Having entered the final week of the GSOC calendar, it is time to wrap things up and reflect on what I’ve accomplished this summer.

GNOME 3.25.91 Released

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 6

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Today’s change is hopefully an unnoticeale change for most of you, but gives better security, a smoother and great experience on our journey on transforming the default session in Ubuntu Artful. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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GNOME: Google Summer of Code, GUADEC, Color Emoji

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  • GSoC/GUADEC: Wrapping Things Up

    The Google Summer of Code is slowly but surely coming to an end and it’s time to start wrapping thing up for the final evaluation. The documentation cards have been officially pushed to the master of the GNOME Builder and last couple of days were spent just tweaking the feature and going through the code reviews.

    I would also like to take a quick look back at the amazing GUADEC that was held in Manchester this summer and share some of my photos. I was so glad I could attend and connect the faces with the people I have only met online.

  • Color Emoji Support Is Coming to GNOME Desktop

    If you’re a regular readers you’ll know how I’ve longed to see full color emoji support on Linux — and it seems, at long last, I’m very close to getting it!

GNOME/GTK: GUADEC, COSCUP, Themes and WebKitGTK+

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  • [Video] GUADEC 2017 - Richard Brown - Resurrecting dinosaurs, what could possibly go wrong

    GUADEC is GNOME's annual user and developer European conference. This year GUADEC took place in the city of Manchester, UK with 45 talks and more than 200 attendees. Thanks this year's GUADEC sponsors for making the conference happen. For more information see: http://2017.guadec.org

  • Post-GUADEC distractions

    We finally picked it up this year. I produced a better cairo patch, which we reviewed, fixed and merged during the unconference days at GUADEC. Behdad also wrote and merged the necessary changes for fontconfig, so we can have an “emoji” font family, and made pango automatically choose that font when it finds Emoji.

    After guadec, I worked on the input side in GTK+. As a first result, it is now possible to use Control-Shift-e to select Emoji by name or code.

  • My first (and definitely not the last) GUADEC!

    I recently attended GNOME Users and Developers European Conference (GUADEC) 2017 held in Manchester, UK. It was my first time in the UK and my first time at a conference and needless to say, I had a wonderful time.

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    Lots of social events and fun activities were organised. The GNOME 20th Anniversary party was one of the best parties I’ve been to yet.

  • Report for COSCUP 2017

    As a GNOME Foundation member, together with Bin Li, we have a task to promote GNOME and collaborate with Local Free Desktop community in this COSCUP.

  • Shipping PKCS7 signed metadata and firmware
  • Plano Another Flat Theme For Gnome And Xfce Desktop

    There are many flat themes available for Linux desktops, you may have favorite one also. Plano another flat theme specially designed for Gnome and Xfce desktops. It is compatible with Gtk 3.24/3.22/3.20 versions, if you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint then download zip file directly from theme page and install it in this location "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes". There is also theme for Gnome Shell which can go along with its Gtk version. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator and hopefully he will fix it soon.

  • Vimix Gtk Themes Available in Dark and Light Variants for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    There isn't much theme development going on for latest Ubuntu release since it requires theme creator to build their theme from scratch for new GTK versions, it seems development almost went away but there are still people who are giving their free time just to make your desktop elegant, make sure to support them as well. Vimix GTK themes available in dark and light version and for GTK 3.20/3.22 there are more variants which means you get more themes on latest 16.10 desktop. It is a flat Material Design theme designed for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome Shell based on Flat-Plat theme, and these themes are compatible with most of the desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Mate, Cinnamon, Xfce, Budgie and so on. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator via linked page. Shadow and Papirus icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool.

  • The coming WebKitGTK+ 2.4 apocalypse

    It is well understood that old and unmaintained software tends to be a breeding ground for security problems. These problems are never welcome, but they are particularly worrying when the software in question is a net-facing tool like a web browser. Standalone browsers are (hopefully) reasonably well maintained, but those are not the only web browsers out there; they can also be embedded into applications. The effort to do away with one unmaintained embedded browser is finally approaching its conclusion, but the change appears to have caught some projects unaware.

    In early 2016, Michael Catanzaro sounded the alarm about security issues with the widely used WebKitGTK+ browser engine. At the time, security issues were turning up in WebKitGTK+ with great regularity, but nobody was calling them out as such; as a result, they were not getting CVE numbers and distributors were not bothering to ship updates. That created a situation where Linux desktop systems were routinely running software that was known to have security issues that, in many cases, could be exploited via a hostile web page or HTML email attachment.

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