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GNOME and Other Software

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  • Dash to Panel – A Cool Icon Taskbar for the GNOME Shell

    Dash to Panel is a customizable open source extension for the GNOME Shell that moves the dash into GNOME’s main panel; combining app launchers and the system tray into one panel like that of KDE Plasma and Windows 7+.

  • GNOME's Mutter Window Manager Now Supports Tablet Wheel Events on Wayland

    The Mutter composite and window manager of the widely-used GNOME desktop environment was updated recently both on the stable and devel channels with a bunch of new features and improvements.

    Mutter 3.24.4 is now the latest stable build of the application, and it's here to add a few important changes for tablets, including improved stability of tablet plugs and unplugs, working window moving and resizing via tablet tools, as well as the implementation of tablet rings/strips configuration.

    In addition, Mutter now no longer throttles motion events on tablet tools, it's capable of handling the left-handed mode on pen/eraser devices, and adds support for tablet wheel events when running under the Wayland display server. Talking about Wayland, the Wacom cursor offset should now work as expected in Mutter 3.24.4.

  • Terminus: A Great Modern And Highly Cutomizable Terminal For Linux

    Are you tired of your default terminal or looking for an alternative which can look cool as well as perform operation in your system? If yes, Terminus is for you which is modern terminal designed to be highly customizable, it will let you enjoy CLI. If you are using Linux since there were CRT monitors with Linux then check out Cool-Retro-Term, which is another great looking terminal application.
    Terminus is built using web technologies based on Electron, it is cross-platform modern age terminal available for (Linux, Windows and Mac), on Linux it is a full terminal which can spawn with a global hotkey, tabs persist after restart, Auto-dock to anyside of any screen, full Unicode and double-width character support. On Windows it supports Classic CMD, PowerShell and Bash on Windows. On Mac it just works.
    Multiple app themes and a myriad of community color schemes for the terminal. Color scheme editor included. Install plugins from the NPM repository, or create your own with Typescript and Angular framework.

  • Some Useful Indicators: Ayatana, Clipboard-Autoedit, Diskstat, Files, Bulletin and Udisks

    Panel Indicators always comes in handy when you have to do some productive work on your desktop computer, to access quick functions of different applications these indicators saves you a lot of time, some indicator give you information you want to receive, it all depends on your needs. Today presenting you some useful indicators which may help you and makes your desktop experience much better. Following all the indicators are developed by just one guy and available through his PPA.

GNOME/GTK: GNOME Shell, GTK+ 4, and Meson Build System

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  • GNOME Shell to Finally Show an OSD Pop-up When Changing Volume with Mouse Wheel

    The GNOME Shell user interface component of the popular GNOME desktop environment was updated recently with both a stable and a development release for the GNOME 3.24 and upcoming GNOME 3.26 series.

    GNOME Shell 3.24.3 and 3.25.4 releases are now available, and while the first should soon make its way into the stable repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distribution, that if you're using the GNOME desktop environment, the latter is a development version published as part of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 release.

  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Toolkit Continues with Native File Chooser Support for OS X

    The road to the major GTK+ 4 open-source and multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces or GUIs continues with the GTK+ 3.91.1 development release, which adds a significant number of improvements.

    GTK+ 3.91.1 has been released nearly two months after the 3.90.0 version, which introduced initial support for Apple's OS X operating system, along with initial support for the Meson build system. GTK+ 3.91.1 is here now to add native file chooser support for OS X.

  • GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Continues Its Migration to the Meson Build System

    GNOME developer Javier Jardón announced the release and immediate availability of the fourth development milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

    After a two-day delay, the GNOME 3.25.4 development snapshot is here, and it's the last before GNOME 3.26 enters Beta, which will happen right after the GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) 2017 event, which will take place in Manchester, United Kingdom, from Friday, July 28 until Wednesday, August 2.

GNOME/GTK: Themes, GNOME Tweak Tool, and Recipes

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  • MOBO Gtk Theme: Give Your Desktop A Grayish Look

    MOBO theme is designed to make your desktop grayish, it is designed to work well with Gnome desktop. This theme has modern colors and animations, left pane is a little bit transparent to make theme look unique. It is currently compatible with Gtk 3.20/3.22/3.24 versions and only works fine in Gnome Desktop, it is pretty simple and elegant. If you find any issues with this theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually in ~/.themes folder or /usr/share/themes/. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes.

  • Maxim: A Kind Of Bright And Fresh Theme For Gnome Shell

    If you are using Gnome Shell environment then Maxim theme is for you. It looks bright, fresh, spacious and easy on the eye. This theme is forked from Axiom theme which was created by the same creator. This theme is fairly new and its initial release was in the beginning of this July and is in active development, we added this theme to our PPA, so you can get updates easily and keep your theme up-to-date. If you encounter any issues with this theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually in ~/.themes folder or /usr/share/themes/. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change Gnome Shell themes and you also need to enable user theme extension.

  • ‘GNOME Tweak Tool’ Has Been Renamed

    GNOME Tweak Tool, the handy advanced settings utility for the GNOME desktop, has changed its name to the shortened title of 'GNOME Tweaks'.

  • Sending the Ingredient List to Todoist


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The fourth snapshot of GNOME 3.25 is now available!

In this release several modules have continue the migration to meson
[1], which is great as its saving compilation time (thank you!)

BUT, at the same time some modules are still not including the meson
files in the tarball, so we are unable to build them; please be sure
you include them!

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Also: GNOME 3.25.4 Released

Ubuntu 17.10: Back to a GNOME Future

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It would have been impossible to avoid hearing that Canonical has decided to shift their flagship product away from their in-house Unity desktop back to an old friend: GNOME. You may remember that desktop — the one that so many abandoned after the shift from 2.x to 3.x.

A few years later, GNOME 3 is now one of the most rock-solid desktops to be found, and one of the most user-friendly Linux desktop distributions is heading back to that particular future. As much as I enjoyed Unity, this was the right move for Canonical. GNOME is a mature desktop interface that is as reliable as it is user-friendly.

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GNOME: Pitivi GSoC Work, Actions, Menus and Toolbars Kit for GTK+

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  • Pitivi Developer Console Plugin

    The first part of my project was focused in adding support for creating Python-based plugin managers in libpeas and polishing the Pitivi Plugin Manager. Initially, before the Google Summer of Code started, the Pitivi Plugin Manager was done using the PeasGtkPluginManager. However the design didn’t fit pretty well in the Pitivi Preferences Dialog, so I had to implement it again but in Python. I took as reference the GNOME Builder Preferences window. It is worth to say that I could have used libdazzle, but Pitivi doesn’t use GSettings and instead it uses ConfigParser.

  • Pitivi: Transformation properties keyframes ready to land

    In my last blog post, I was telling you how my GSOC project was close to its completion. Since then, I’ve been working on getting it to a deployable state, while also adding some final touches. Now, it should be ready to land and you’ll probably see it included in Pitivi 2.0.

  • Amtk – Actions, Menus and Toolbars Kit for GTK+

    GtkUIManager has been deprecated without a good replacement for applications that want to keep a traditional UI (with a menubar, toolbar and statusbar). So I’ve written a new shared library called Amtk, currently developed inside the Tepl repository. It is a basic GtkUIManager replacement based on GAction. If you are interested, read the Amtk introduction (it explains the problems with what GTK+ currently provides and that Amtk solves) and the API reference.

GNOME Tweak Tool Renamed to GNOME Tweaks, Will Learn New Tweaks for GNOME 3.26

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The widely-used GNOME Tweak Tool utility that GNOME users can't live without was renamed the other day to GNOME Tweaks as part of a minor update towards version 3.26 for the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

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GNOME/GTK: GNOME Games 3.26, GNOME Shell 3.25.4, GTK+ 3.91.1 and More

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  • GNOME Games 3.26 Snags Some Serious Power Ups

    The GNOME Games apps one of my favourite core GNOME apps, so I'm stoked to learn it's getting a big power up for its next stable release due in September.

  • GNOME Shell 3.25.4 Adds Meson Build System Support

    With the GNOME 3.25.4 development milestone this week, new versions of GNOME Shell and Mutter are among the packages checked-in for release.

    GNOME Shell 3.25.4 as the latest development step towards GNOME 3.26 includes some GDM fixes, improved handling of extension errors, improved tablet rings/strips configuration, fixes many bugs, and perhaps most notably adds support for the Meson build system. GNOME Shell is now the latest component supporting the Meson build system as an alternative to Autotools and friends. For now Autotools is still supported by GNOME Shell, but eventually it may be dropped per the bug report discussion.

  • GTK+ 3.91.1 Toolkit Released

    We are one step closer to the release of GTK4 with today's GTK+ 3.91.1 tool-kit release.

    GTK+ 3.91.1 adds redone event delivery and focus handling and grabs, the prelight state is now automatically set on widgets, a new GtkCenterBox widget, native file chooser support on macOS, Wayland improvements, and more than a dozen bug fixes.

  • GNOME Is Finally Getting an Improved Control Center, Meet the New Wi-Fi Panel

    GNOME developer Georges Stavracas is teasing us again with the beautiful new design of the GNOME Control Center application that could be soon implemented in the popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux distributions.

    Now that Ubuntu is switching back to the GNOME desktop by default with the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release, due on October 19, 2017, GNOME gets a lot of attention lately from both the Linux and GNOME communities. And it looks like the revamped Control Center is a hot topic these days.

GNOME WiFi Panel, GNOME and KDE Games

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  • GNOME Settings Continues Looking Better With Its New WiFi Panel

    Georges Stavracas' latest work on GNOME is the new WiFi panel for the GNOME Settings area.

  • GSoC Report 2

    I am still implementing the latest changes so I couldn’t add the working gifs/videos in this post. (well! I’m working on GNOME Games so I tend to play on it sometimes too Tongue)

    I’ll try to finish gamepad mapping system and gamepad reassignment for GUADEC, so we can see the live demo.

  • GNOME Games 3.26 To Feature UI Improvements, New Features
  • The Path to GNOME Games 3.26

    Games presents your games collection and if everything goes as expected, it does so without the need of any input from you. From an implementation point of view it sounds simple to do, just ask Tracker “Hey, gimme all the games” and it’s done. If only it was that simple! The system has no idea which files represent games and which doesn’t, but it can associate a MIME type to each file thanks to shared-mime-info. shared-mime-info already had a few video game related MIME types and we added a lot more such as application/x-genesis-rom.

  • Family - Implementing Grid layout

    In my last post, I talked about adding a grid layout to the activity. The inspiration of this layout was to remove the trial and error method of selecting (x,y) positions of a node and to implement a more efficient method of positioning the nodes. Along with that, the distance between two generations and nodes could also be maintained in a homogeneous manner, keeping the layout similar throughout the activity.

GNOME: Wi-Fi, Mutter, Keysign, and GNOME Thumbnailer in a Windows Trap

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  • Say hello to the new Wi-Fi panel

    Y’all know that we’re taking big steps to move Settings (a.k.a Control Center) to a brand-new, super shiny layout. As a courtesy of our beloved designer, Allan Day, we have mockups of a new Settings layout that is both modern and preserves (most of) the functionality we already have. He blogged about it in the past.

  • GNOME's Mutter Flips On Its New Monitor Config Manager By Default

    GNOME's Mutter has flipped on its new "Monitor Configuration Manager" by default as it seeks to improve the multi-monitor and multi-GPU experience.

  • Keysign: Magic Wormhole refinements and initial Bluetooth implementation

    Previously Avahi was the default method and after a user had chosen the key to send he was able to press the Internet switch button to enable Magic Wormhole.

  • VBScript Injection via GNOME Thumbnailer

    To summarize: Instead of parsing an MSI file to get its version number, this code creates a script containing the filename for which a thumbnail should be shown and executes that using Wine. The script is constructed using a template, which makes it possible to embed VBScript in a filename and trigger its execution.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

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Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.