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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.

    [...]

    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.

Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 5

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Big update today and probably a very awaited one: here is an important step on our journey on transforming the default session in Ubuntu Artful. Let’s get the new Ubuntu Dock installed by default! 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: 20 Years and GUADEC 2017

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  • 20 years strong
  • The ups and downs of 20 years with the GNOME desktop

    Way back in 1999 I did the unthinkable, I migrated away from my favorite window manager, AfterStep, to begin a journey with GNOME, a desktop that was born two years prior and was finally ready for the public. That was GNOME 1 and it was something special. I remember the excitement at having a desktop that could, finally, stand toe to toe with Windows. Yes, I had grown accustomed to the highly flexible AfterStep interface. I loved being able to have window transparencies across the board and special effects that blew away the minds of every Windows user I knew. However, all of those window managers I'd worked with to that point were missing something—a level of professionalism that would allow others to take the desktop seriously.

  • GUADEC 2017

    I arrived to Manchester on July 27 at 12:20 p.m. and the weather surprised me with a strong rain. It may be more surprising when you live in a city were it does not rain. Then I had to go to the Manchester Metropolitan University where many of the GNOME contributors would be hosted. When the bus stopped on the Manchester Metropolitan University I went to the first building of it I see and asked how to get to the Birley Fields, our accomodations. A man told me the directions and gave me a map. After some minutes walking I got the office that assigns the rooms to the new residents. I met there Mario, a guy from GNOME who is involved in Flatpak. It was interesting to talk with him in English when at the end we realized that we both could speak in Spanish. After leaving my stuff on my room, I left the room to walk outside and I found David King. It was incredible because it was almost three years we didn’t see to each other. In that day, I also met hadess (Bastien Nocera). He helped me to get a traveler adapter. This was also the day of pre-registration in a bar called KROBAR. I got joined to the GStreamer folks who I met before in GUADEC 2014. Some of the guys came up with the idea that the GNOME logo needs a new design. I talked about it before on the #gnome-design channel. I also met ystreet00 (Matthew Waters) who helped once to create a GStreamer plugin with OpenGL.

  • GUADEC 2017 Notes

    With GUADEC 2017 and the unconference days over, I wanted to share a few conference and post-conference notes with a broader audience.

    First of all, as others have reported, at this year’s GUADEC, it was great to see an actual increase in numbers of attendees compared to previous years. This shows us that 20 years later, the community as a whole is still healthy and doing well.

  • GUADEC 2017

    This year is my second one attending GUADEC, this time around, in Manchester. It was a great experience this time too, because I got to meet again with the friends I made last year, but also I got to make new friends as well.

    During the core days I attended a lot of great talks and I got to learn cool new things. Among these, I could mention learning about technologies that I didn’t know they existed, like Emeus, improve my view about how a good design should look like or discover more about the history of GNOME. Since this year I am a GSoC student again, I also had a lightning talk and I’m happy to say that this year I was slightly less nervous about talking in front of a lot of people.

  • GUADEC 2017, part 3: unconference days
  • GUADEC 2017, part 4: Manchester, United Kingdom

Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 4

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Let’s continue on our journey on transforming the current default session in Ubuntu Artful with a small change today. 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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An Early Look at Ubuntu Dock for GNOME Shell in Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark)

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Ubuntu 17.10, the next major release of the widely-used Ubuntu Linux OS, will be transitioning to the GNOME Shell user interface by default instead of the Unity desktop environment that was used until now.

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 3

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After introducing yesterday a real GNOME vanilla session, let’s see how we are using this to implement small behavior differences and transforming current 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 and Debian: Debian Turning 24, GNOME Turning 20

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  • Debian Celebrates Its 24th Birthday

    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.

  • GNOME desktop environment for Linux and BSD is 20 years old today

    When many people think of Linux, they incorrectly assume it is an operating system. Actually, Linux is merely the kernel which many operating systems leverage. An actual operating system is compromised of many things, including a user interface -- after all, users need to interface with their computer!

    Most computer users will obviously want a graphical UI nowadays, and for BSD and Linux-based operating systems there are many such desktop environments from which to choose. One of the most popular environments is GNOME. Not only is GNOME a DE, but it has evolved into much more, such as a collection of apps and design rules (Human Interface Guidelines). Today, GNOME is celebrating a very important milestone -- it is an impressive 20 years old!

  • Happy birthday, GNOME!

    The GNOME desktop turns 20 today, and I'm so excited! Twenty years is a major milestone for any open source software project, especially a graphical desktop environment like GNOME that has to appeal to many different users. The 20th anniversary is definitely something to celebrate!

  • Linux desktop GUI GNOME celebrates its 20th birthday

    By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.

Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 2

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Let’s continue our journey and progress on transforming current 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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