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Qt, KDE, and GNOME GUADEC in Manchester

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  • Qt 5.9 Beta 2 Now Available For Testing
  • KDE Applications 17.04 Software Suite Officially Released, Here Is What's New

    The KDE Project was proud to announce the official release and general availability of KDE Applications 17.04, the latest and most advanced stable version of the popular, open-source software suite for KDE Plasma 5 desktops.

    KDE Applications 17.04 has been in development for the past one and a half months, during which it received a Beta and an RC (Release Candidate) builds that brought various performance optimizations and new features to the KAlgebra mathematical graph calculator, Kdenlive video editor, Dolphin file manager, Ark archiver, and Minuet music educational software.

  • GUADEC call for talks ends this Sunday, 23rd April

    GUADEC 2017 is just over three months away, which is a very long time in the future and leaves lots of time to organise everything (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).

Getting to Know GNOME (From a Unity Perspective)

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Unless you’ve lost all network connections over the past couple of weeks, you know the big news: Canonical announced it was dropping Ubuntu Unity and returning to its GNOME roots. Whether you think this is good or bad news, it’s happening. When the official Ubuntu 18.04 is released, it will be all GNOME. For those that have been happily using Unity for years, will this translate to a lesser experience and a learning curve for the new Ubuntu desktop?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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Unity and I never saw eye to eye, but it did a good job of pushing the Linux desktop in new directions and it emphasised something that, particularly when it arrived, was otherwise lacking – innovation in design.

Unity might have borrowed a few elements from Apple's OS X, but it quickly outgrew those initial imitations and forged its own path and its own aesthetic, something that's all too rare in open-source software.

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GNOME News

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  • Meson considerations

    A number of GNOME modules are switching to meson for 3.26. I myself was an early adopter for this: recipes has had meson build support since the beginning of the year, and after the 1.0 release, I’ve dropped autotools support on the master branch.

    autotools are of course very familiar to most of us, and we know how to get most things done there. But it often isn’t pretty, and using meson feels like a breath of fresh air. Others have been praising meson for its simplicity, ease of use and speed, so I am not going repeat that here.

  • GStreamer 1.12 Is On Approach With New Features, Wayland Zero-Copy Playback

    GStreamer 1.12.0 will soon be released as the latest version of this widely-used, open-source multimedia framework.

    GStreamer 1.12 is bringing waylandsink DMA-BUF importation support so zero-copy multimedia playback will now work under Wayland. GStreamer 1.12 is also bringing Fraunhofer FDK AAC encoder/decoder support, Intel Media SDK support for accelerated video encode/decode on embedded Linux and Windows, OpenCV improvements, CineForm support, and more.

GNOME News

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  • A Global Menu Extension for GNOME Shell is in Development

    This global menu GNOME Shell extension brings a popular Unity feature to the GNOME desktop, and lets you interact with app menus from the top bar.

  • First GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Features Revealed, New Usage App Planned

    We're always monitoring everything that's going on in the Open Source world, especially big projects like GNOME and KDE, and today we'd like to reveal some of the upcoming features of the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment.

    First off, a little background for those who missed our previous reports on GNOME 3.26. The desktop environment will be dubbed "Manchester," after the name of the host city of the GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) 2017 event, and has been slated for release on September 13, 2017.

KDE and GNOME

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  • Calligra 3.0 Open-Source Office Suite Gets First Point Release, 26 Issues Fixed

    It's been three months since the major Calligra 3.0 release hit the streets in mid-January, and it now received its first point release to fix the various issues reported by users lately.

    Calligra 3.0.1 has been released on April 17, 2017, and while it may not yet be available in the stable software repositories of your favorite GNU/Linux distributions, we can tell you about the changes implemented by the hard working development team behind this open-source office suite targeted at KDE users.

  • Minwaita GTK Theme Puts GNOME’s Adwaita on a Diet

    If you like the Adwaita theme Ubuntu GNOME ships with but don’t like the size of its title bars, here’s a theme that may be of interest.

  • I’m not looking forward 3.24

    Those who follow my work are used to read my “Looking forward ” posts, and they appear to be quite popular. This cycle, however, I’m not looking forward the next GNOME release.

System76, GNOME, and Ubuntu

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Ubuntu
  • An interview with Ryan Sipes from System76 about Ubuntu and their future

    I did a little interview with Ryan Sipes from System76 about the future of Ubuntu and what they plan to do now Ubuntu is dropping the Unity desktop environment.

    This interview references this blog post by Mark Shuttleworth about Ubuntu moving back to GNOME Shell. I throw in some other questions for good measure.

  • 3.24 Release Party – Back in time

    So, this Saturday 15th, we got together in São Paulo, Brazil, to celebrate another GNOME release. And what a fun time!

    We went to a very nice place called “Taverna Medieval” (Medieval Tavern), an almost-real tavern with nice drinks, huge burgers (including the vegan one called “Elven of the Woods”! what a nice burger) and of course a super awsome tavern keeper.

  • Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus released

GNOME News

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Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Flavor, the Future of Ubuntu Linux, Launches with GNOME 3.24

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As part of today's Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release, the Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 official flavor made its appearance online as well, so we can now have an in-depth look at its new features.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 is the first release of the flavor to ship with an up-to-date GNOME Stack, based on the recently released GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, which is a major update introducing numerous novelties, such as Night Light, a cool feature to protect your eyes by automatically reducing the blue light emitted by your computer's screen.

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Themes for Ubuntu

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