GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 13th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, June 13th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, June 20th, 19:30 UTC


== Attending ==

* Rosanna Yuen
* Alexandre Franke
* Shaun McCance
* Andrea Veri
* Co…

GNOME Foundation: Final Results – GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Elections 2016

Hello Foundation!

The preliminary results for this year’s elections were not challenged.
This means, in the next term, our Board of Directors will be composed
of the following Foundation members:

Allan Day
Cosimo Cecchi
Shaun McCance
Nuritzi Sanc…

Git 2.9 Released

A new version of Git was released this week, bringing a number of improvements that will be a welcome sight to software developers. Alongside the normal bug fixes and general maintenance work, some interesting new experimental features have been added. Git allows you to store every version of the files you are working on—that’s why

Android apps and games have landed on the first Chrome OS device

As promised by Google last month, Android apps and games have begun to arrive on Chrome OS. The first device to get them is the Asus Chromebook Flip, and according to Google’s François Beaufort “more devices will follow very soon.” Flip owners who want to access Android apps will have to update the device to

KDE Plasma 5.7 to Ship with Huge Wayland Improvements, New System Tray

Today, June 17, 2016, KDE has had the great pleasure of announcing that the Beta of the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment is now available for public beta testing.

Initially planned for June 16, KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta is here, and we can finally see what the KDE developers have prepared for fans of the modern, Qt5-based desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. And just by taking a quick look at the release notes, we can notice that a lot of goodies are coming.

The first thing users will notice after upgrading to the KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop from a previous version, such as the recently released KDE Plasma 5.6.5, is the all-new, unified login screen (see the screenshot at the end of the article), offering users a more mature Breeze-based…

KDE Plasma 5.7 Beta

KDE Plasma 5.7

KDE Plasma 5.7

Thursday, 16 June 2016. Today KDE releases a beta update to its desktop software, Plasma 5.7.

More Refined Breeze Experience

Unified Startup Design

Unified Startup Design

This release brings an all-new login screen design completing the Breeze startup experience we trialed in Plasma 5.6. The layout has been tidied up and is more suitable for workstations that are part of a domain or company network. The Air and Oxygen Plasma themes which we still fully support for users that prefer a more three-dimensional design have also been improved.

Icons Tint to Match Highlight

Icons Tint to Match Highlight

For improved accessibility, Breeze icons within applications are now tinted depending on the color scheme, similarly to how it’s done within Plasma. This resolves situations where our default dark icons might show up on dark surfaces.

Improved Workflows

Jump List Actions in KRunner

Jump List Actions in KRunner

In our previous release we added Jump List Actions for quicker access to certain tasks within an application. This has feature has been extended and those actions are also found through KRunner now.

Agenda Items in Calendar

Agenda Items in Calendar

Plasma 5.7 marks the return of the agenda view in the calendar, which provides a quick and easily accessible overview of upcoming appointments and holidays.

Dragging Application to Audio Device

Dragging Application to Audio Device

Many improvements have been added to the Volume Control applet: it gained the ability to control volume on a per-application basis and allows you to move application output between devices using drag and drop. Also implemented is the ability to raise the volume above 100%.

Better Kiosk Support

The Kiosk Framework provides means of restricting the customazibility of the workspace, in order to keep users in an enterprise or public environment from performing unwanted actions or modifications. Plasma 5.7 brings many corrections about enforcing such restrictions. Notably, the Application Launcher will become read-only if widgets are locked through Kiosk policies, i.e. favorites are locked in place and applications can no longer be edited. Also, the Run Command restriction will prevent KRunner from even starting in the first place.

New System Tray and Task Manager

The System Tray has been rewrittten from scratch to allow for a simpler and more maintaineable codebase. While its user interface has only seen some minor fixes and polishing, many issues caused by the complex nature of the applet housing applets and application icons within have been resolved.

Similarly, the task bar has gained a completely rewamped backend, replacing the old one that has already been around in the early days of our workspace. While the old backend got many features added over the period of time it was used, the new one has a remarkably better performance and could be engineered more cleanly and straight-forward as the requirements were known beforehand. All of this will ensure a greatly increased reliability and it also adds support for Wayland which was one of the most visible omissions in our Wayland tech previews.

Huge Steps Towards Wayland

Betty the Fuzzpig Tests Plasma Wayland

Betty the Fuzzpig Tests Plasma Wayland

This release brings Plasma closer to the new windowing system Wayland. Wayland is the successor of the decades-old X11 windowing system and brings many improvements, especially when it comes to tear-free and flicker-free rendering as well as security. The development of Plasma 5.7 for Wayland focused on quality in the Wayland compositor KWin. Over 5,000 lines of auto tests were added to KWin and another 5,000 lines were added to KWayland which is now released as part of KDE Frameworks 5.

The already implemented workflows got stabilized and are ensured to work correctly, with basic workflows now fully functional. More complex workflows are not yet fully implemented and might not provide the same experience as on X11. To aid debugging a new debug console got added, which can be launched through KRunner using the keyword “KWin” and integrates functionality known from the xprop, xwininfo, xev and xinput tools.

Other improvements include:

  • When no hardware keyboard is connected, a virtual keyboard is shown instead, bringing a smooth converged experience to tablets and convertibles
  • The sub-surface protocol is now supported which means that System Settings works correctly and no longer errorneously opens multiple windows.
  • Mouse settings, such as pointer acceleration, are honored and the touchpad can be enabled/disabled through a global shortcut. Touchpad configuration is still missing.

Virtual Keyboard Support in Plasma Wayland

Full Plasma 5.6.95 changelog

Developer to port Ubuntu Touch onto OnePlus 3

If all goes according to the UBports team’s plans, OnePlus 3 may unofficially be powered by Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu developer, Marius Gripsgård from told that they had acquired a OnePlus 3 and would soon be porting Ubuntu Touch onto it. Gripsgård has already put a special page website where he has codenamed his

Document Liberation Project: progress so far in 2016

If you haven’t heard of the Document Liberation Project (DLP) before, we made a short video explaining what it does and why it’s important. In summary: it supports development of software libraries to read documents from many (usually proprietary) applications. If you’ve ever opened a file generated by Apple Pages, WordPerfect or Microsoft Works in LibreOffice, you’ve benefitted from the hard work of the DLP team. And DLP libraries are used in many other prominent FOSS tools such as Inkscape and Scribus as well.

For example, here’s a file being created in Apple Pages, and the same file being rendered …

GNOME Foundation: GUADEC 2016 conference and workshop registration opens


GUADEC 2016[1] (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) will
take place in Karlsruhe, Germany with the core days on 12.–14. August.
In addition to the usual BoFs and hackfests after the core days
(15.–17. August) this years GUADEC will also feature a number of one
day workshops on 11. August[2] which provide hands on training. This
years schedule on the core days will also be extended with a number
unconference style talk slots[3] that allow presentations and
discussions on recent developments.

The registration system[4] is now open and you can register for both
the conference and workshops. Workshop attendance is limited and slots
are provided on a first come first serve basis. Once registered for the
event do not forget that we also provide a set of badges[5] you can use
to share the news in your blog!


The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), is an
annual conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the
development of the GNOME desktop environment which sees many
participants from all over the world.

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Fedora 24 feature: Upgrading with the Software app

Shortly after the Fedora 24 release, you can upgrade to the newest Fedora Workstation using the built-in Software app (gnome-software). The Software app has always provided the ability to process updates. But to upgrade to the latest Fedora — for example, Fedora 22 to… Continue Reading →

Arthur Buliva: How do you Fedora?

We recently interviewed Arthur Boliva on how he uses Fedora. This is part of a series on the Fedora Magazine in which we profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being… Continue Reading →

Calibre 2.59 Has Better EPUB 3 Support, Amazon Metadata Download Improvements

Today, June 17, 2016, Calibre developer Kovid Goyal has proudly announced the release and general availability of the Calibre 2.59 update of the open-source and cross-platform ebook library management software.

Calibre 2.59 arrives after only one week after the debut of Calibre 2.58, the previous point release that added compatibility with the latest Qt 5.x technologies (Qt 5.5 or later) on the Ubuntu Linux operating systems. And it looks like it introduces several improvements to the Amazon Metadata Download functionality.

The first one is the ability to automatically download the entire series information as soon as makes it available. The second new feature for Calibre’s Amazon Metadata Download support is the capacity to detect common patterns of embedding the name of the series after the title, and then automatically deleting it.

EPUB 3 support improvements, many bug fixes

Among oth…

Robolinux 8.5 LTS Ships with Free Installer, Stealth VMs for Running Windows

Robolinux developers are announcing today, June 17, 2016, that the Robolinux 8.5 LTS “Raptor” operating system is now available for download based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux repositories.

But before we tell you what’s new in the Robolinux 8.5 LTS release, the developer has a big announcement to make. “All 16 Robolinux 7 & 8 Live versions now come with a free OS installer and can be downloaded, for free, on SourceForge. Please permit me to say it again ‘There is no more charge for our OS installer’ which was how we funded 3rd party Linux application developers.”

So there you have it, you can finally install the Robolinux operating system on your disk drive without being charged. The latest release, Robolinux 8.5 LTS, is part of the “Raptor” series and ships with multiple editions based on various desktop environments, including Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and LXDE. Both 64-bit and 32-bit ISOs are available for these editions.

Based on the newest Debian GNU/Li…

Oracle VirtualBox 5.0.22 Officially Released with Support for Linux Kernel 4.7

Oracle has announced the release and general availability of VirtualBox 5.0.22, a new maintenance update to his open-source and cross-platform virtualization software for all supported platforms.

VirtualBox 5.0.22 is now the latest and most advanced version anyone should update to and use. It brings several exciting new features, among which we can mention support for the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel in Linux Additions and Linux hosts, as well as support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 operating system.

In fact, there are a bunch of enhancements for Linux Additions implemented in VirtualBox 5.0.22, such as better compatibility with certain 32-bit guests, a patch for an X.Org crash that occurred after a hard guest reset, improved compatibility between older X.Org releases and kernels from the Linux 3.11 series.

There are, of course, various other bugfixes as well. Furthermore, VirtualBox 5.0.22 introduces su…

Distribution Release: Robolinux 8.5

The Robolinux project, a Debian-based desktop distribution, has announced the launch of Robolinux 8.5. The new release is available in four editions (Cinnamon, LXDE, MATE and Xfce) and is based on Debian 8 "Jessie". Past editions of Robolinux have been free to try, but required a purchase to….

Valve Adds Support for Newer Linux Distributions in the Latest Steam Client Beta

Valve has just released a new Beta of its Steam Client, for all supported platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows), bringing a lot of improvements to the Steam Controller, along with support for newer GNU/Linux distributions.

The June 16th Steam Client Beta is now live for those who have opted to use the Beta channel, where, as usual, they are getting all the cutting-edge technologies Valve’s Steam developers implement in the cross-platform digital distribution platform for games, software, videos, etc.

As mentioned before, the new Beta of the Steam Client improves compatibility with newer Linux kernel-based operating systems, most probably those using a recent kernel version or core libraries. Additionally, it adds support for DirectX 12 games, when used in systems with multiple GPUs, to the Steam Overlay.

SteamVR users will now be notified after they take a screenshot w…

Here’s How to Remove Old Kernels from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Free Disk Space

Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Product and Strategy at Canonical, informed the community about a simple method to helps them remove old kernels from Ubuntu Linux, thus freeing up a lot of disk space.

Ubuntu is a great OS and all that, but it has this problem that it kinda stores many old kernel versions on the partition where it is installed, so after some time of updating your operating system to newer kernel versions, you’ll notice that your disk drive runs out of free space.

If you’re a beginner, you start wondering what’s going on, asking questions like “Where’s my disk space disappearing?,” and it matters when you’re running Ubuntu from an SSD, which usually come in smaller sizes than the traditional hard disk drives (HDD), those of 120GB being the most popular ones.

I am a long-time Ubuntu user, and if you’re like me, you know some tricks that you need to do from time to time, via the comma…

Development: GNOME 3.21.3 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-06-20 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.3
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Pl…

BTS | Telos – upcoming new boss

Get the lowdown on a bruising boss encounter with a twist as we go behind the scenes with The Watch.

Koschei: Reducing bugs and saving time

Koschei is a continuous integration service for RPM packages. It helps developers fix bugs as fast as possible. It tracks package dependency changes in Rawhide, the bleeding-edge, development version of Fedora. Packages whose dependencies change too much are rebuilt. Koschei logs… Continue Reading →