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      GNOME Shell to get an Activities Overview design revamp in GNOME 40

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 11 January, 2021 - 09:51 · 1 minute

    GNOME Shell is already quite different to how traditional desktop environments feel, and they're planning to mix things up again with some design overhauls for GNOME 40.

    The GNOME development team blogged about some of the upcoming plans in late December 2020 , which did look and sound quite promising. With the main focus being on the Activities Overview feature, which is where you access application launchers, open windows and more - the big overlay you open on GNOME. This is what shall be adjusted in their planned overhaul.

    Expanding on this recently in a fresh blog post , the team showed off where they're currently at with this new design. Which you can see in action below, which they shared running from a Virtual Machine:

    They're keen to note that everything else is the same on GNOME, just the Activities Overview is seeing the revamp and even with this new layout it's "structurally the same as the previous version". It will also work fine with vertical monitor positioning and shouldn't cause problems for multi-display setups either and they even said they have "some ideas for how to improve multi-monitor support".

    Why are they doing this though? Quite a few reasons actually. It's going to be a lot more customizable and more personal, you will be greeted with a more welcoming screen after booting up instead of a blank desktop, much improved touchpad gesture support, easier understanding of workspaces and more.

    GNOME mention how this was done as a result of "6 separate user research exercises" and they shall be providing details of that research to the public in a future post. Additionally, they do plan to open it up to wider testing and an "intensive period of bug fixing and evaluation" before they have a UI freeze in "about a month’s time". Not long to go though, as their Roadmap is aiming for a GNOME 40 release in March.

    What do you think to the flow and design changes?

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      GNOME launches the GNOME Circle program to widen developer outreach

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 09:51 · 1 minute

    GNOME is a lot more than a Linux desktop environment, and the GNOME Foundation are now trying to entice a few more developers to take a look with GNOME Circle. This is part of their attempt to redefine what is and isn't official GNOME software, something they talked about back in May 2020 as it can at times be confusing.

    With the announcement of GNOME Circle, this is their new official branding for partner initiatives that are no longer required to be hosted by GNOME or follow their development rules. The idea is to lower some barriers, and get more people working together and form new relationships. To be part of it projects need to be open source and use the GNOME platform.

    Circle projects end up with some sweet benefits like promotion from GNOME, membership into the GNOME Foundation which can provide developers with sponsorship and funding for various activities and lots more .

    Commenting on the initiative, GNOME Foundation Executive Director Neil McGovern said "Independent developers do fantastic work using the GNOME platform, and I’m thrilled that the GNOME Foundation is going to be supporting more of them than ever before. With GNOME Circle, we’re excited to be growing the GNOME community and building a stronger and more vibrant developer ecosystem."

    You can see the new GNOME Circle website here .

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      System76 continue improving Pop!_OS with fractional scaling now live

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 08:51

    Pop!_OS is the Linux distribution based on Ubuntu from hardware vendor System76, and they continue making the experience super-slick with new features.

    Following on from the seriously cool auto-tiling stacks , they've now added in another major post-release feature. Something that users of 4K screens will enjoy, which is fractional display scaling. If you're on Pop!_OS, all you need to do is check for upgrades your usual way and you will get it. This enables you to scale up your desktop display to a few different points if you find things a little too small.

    You will find the new options in the Displays menu in the settings as shown below (click to enlarge):


    As the screenshot above notes, doing so may cause a little extra power use and possibly be less clear due to the way scaling is done. Hopefully over time such things can be improved upon.

    You can learn more about the Pop!_OS Linux distribution on the official site .

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      GNOME 3.38 'Orbis' is out now to showcase a modern Linux desktop

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 16 September, 2020 - 15:57 · 1 minute

    GNOME 3.38 "Orbis" just landed today, which brings in another 6 months of hacking away at all the tech behind the GNOME desktop for a fully modern Linux environment. The Orbis code-name is to recognise the team behind the GUADEC 2020 conference, which the GNOME team said "is only possible thanks to the hard work of many volunteers".

    This latest release brings in some big stuff too, here's some highlights:

    • The application grid got new tools along with drag and drop support for setting it up how you want
    • A newly design fingerprint dialog and better login support for it, along with new parental controls
    • Special QR codes to give other devices access to your WiFI easily
    • A better Maps application with a night mode too
    • Improved screen recording with PipeWire
    • Better multi-monitor support
    • Updates to the Games app

    Check out their seriously slick release video:

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    Full release notes can be found here .

    As for when you will be able to get it, that depends on your distribution. For Ubuntu, which has GNOME as the default, it will be in the Ubuntu 20.10 release and the same for other distributions with regular release cycles. For distributions based on Arch Linux, it will no doubt arrive in updates shortly.

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      GNOME and Rothschild Patent Imaging settle

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 21 May, 2020 - 18:49 · 1 minute

    Back in October 2019, the GNOME project announced they had been hit by what they called a patent troll with Rothschild Patent Imaging. Now it seems it has been resolved and it's a bin win for open source.

    The problem was with the Shotwell image management application, as Rothschild claimed it infringed on their patents. Yesterday, GNOME announced a "walk-away settlement" that not only drops the case against GNOME but both Rothschild Patent Imaging and Leigh Rothschild in the case will now grant a "release and covenant" to any software released under an OSI (Open Source Initiative) approved license which covers the entire Rothschild portfolio of patents. That's a nice win for FOSS developers.

    From the GNOME press release:

    Neil McGovern, Executive Director for the GNOME Foundation said "I’m exceptionally pleased that we have concluded this case. This will allow us to refocus our attention on creating a free software desktop, and will ensure certainty for all free and open source software in future."

    Leigh Rothschild said "I’m pleased that we have managed to settle this issue amicably. I have always supported the innovation of open source software and its developers and encourage its innovation and adoption."

    As an added bit of info, OpenUK spoke with GNOME's McGovern in The Register , where they mentioned that it covers over 100 patents. This is thanks to a crowdfunding campaign GNOME did that helped to raise over $150K for the defence.

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      GNOME 3.36 and Fedora 32 to get better GPU switching with NVIDIA support

      Liam Dawe · news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 13 December, 2019 - 19:17

    Tags: NVIDIA, Distro News, GNOME

    Developer Bastien Nocera has written a blog post talking about improvements coming to GNOME 3.36 and Fedora Linux, to help those of you switching between GPUs.

    While the GNOME desktop has had the ability to launch items with a dedicated GPU for some time, it was quite limited. Thankfully, SwitcherooControl and the API used has been extended to improve it and add support for the NVIDIA proprietary driver.

    This is all fantastic, since NVIDIA added PRIME support back in the 435.17 driver release this Summer. So this means relatively soon, once more distributions update GNOME and any other parts needed, GPU switching with GNOME is going to become even easier out of the box.

    In the blog post, they said this about KDE support:

    (As a side note, commenters asked me about the KDE support, and how it would integrate, and it turns out that KDE's code just checks for the presence of a file in /sys, which is only present when vga_switcheroo is used. So I would encourage KDE to adopt the switcheroo-control D-Bus API for this)

    Bastien Nocera

    Hat tip to @flukejones .

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      Draw On Your Screen – Une extension GNOME Shell amusante

      Noireaude · news.movim.eu / LaVacheLibre · Friday, 22 March, 2019 - 20:01 · 2 minutes

    Vous connaissez bien ma devise maintenant. Si c’est utile c’est bien, si c’est inutile c’est indispensable ! L’extension GNOME Shell que je vais vous présenter rapidement dans ce billet répond très bien à ce critère, dans la mesure où si pouvoir dessiner sur son écran ne sert fondamentalement à rien, que peut il y avoir de plus cool?!! Sans doute pas mal de choses, mais à cet instant précis je ne vois pas quoi! Draw On Your Screen, c’est son nom, est une extension pour GNOME Shell conçue dans le but de vous permettre de dessiner ou d’écrire sur votre écran. Cela faisait un moment que je n’avais pas eu envie de tester une extension GNOME, mais celle-là m’a attiré car je l’ai trouvée bien faite et très amusante. Si ça vous tente voyons vite fait comment ça marche.

    Pour commencer il va falloir chercher la bête sur cette page , et vérifier la compatibilité de cette dernière avec votre version de GNOME Shell. Ça va de la 3.26 à la 3.32 je crois, ce qui ne vous empêche pas de tester avec d’autres versions. Parfois ça marche quand même.

    Si vous ne l’avez pas installée directement depuis la page de l’extension téléchargez l’archive et décompressez la dans le répertoire suivant ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions et IMPORTANT renommez le dossier de la sorte : drawOnYourScreen@abakkk.framagit.org (sinon ça ne fonctionne pas).

    Quand tout est en place lancez un ALT + F2 et entrez R dans le champs requis, suivi de ENTER pour relancer GNOME Shell.

    Si tout est OK vous n’avez plus qu’à activer l’extension en passant par GNOME Tweak Tools (Ajustements).

    Pour commencer à dessiner il suffit d’appeler l’extension à l’aide de la combinaison super + alt + D

    Vous pourrez alors faire des jolis ronds fins :

    ou épais :

    des carrés ou des rectangles :

    et si vous préférez les lignes pas de soucis :

    Enfin comme le montre l’image d’illustration du billet vous pouvez également dessiner à main levée et si vous le souhaitez vous disposez aussi d’un mode texte :

    La sélection des différents modes se fait à l’aide du middle click et pour effacer vos œuvres vous pouvez utiliser la combinaison super + alt +E .

    Pour quitter l’application utilisez à nouveau super + alt + D .

    Bien entendu vous pouvez choisir différentes couleurs, les raccourcis clavier sont configurables et vous disposez d’un certains nombres d’options supplémentaires dans le menu de l’application, que je vous laisse découvrir par vous même.

    Pour résumer ça ne sert pas à grand-chose (quoique), mais c’est bien foutu et ça a le mérite d’exister. D’autres applications font la même chose, mais l’idée de pouvoir le faire à l’aide d’une simple extension est suffisamment intéressant pour que l’on s’y attarde.

    C’est bien pour finir la semaine :D

    Amusez-vous bien!


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      Gnome et Logitech collaborent pour vous proposer des mises à jour de leur solution Unify

      Adrien Dorsaz · Tuesday, 23 May, 2017 - 05:21 · 1 minute

    Unify est une technologie propriétaire de Logitech qui permet de connecter plusieurs périphériques sans fils sur une machine avec un seul petit appareil USB.

    Logitech n'a jamais officiellement supporté Linux comme système d'exploitation, mais leur appareil fonctionne plutôt bien avec Linux et le logiciel "solaar" qui permet de configurer vos périphériques sur la clé USB sans passer par Windows.

    Seulement, plusieurs vulnérabilités ont été découvertes dans le protocol de communication Unify et Logitech a poussé sur les OS supportés une mise à jour du firmware pour leurs appareils Unify. Évidemment, comme Linux n'est pas supporté, il n'y a pas eu de mise à jour pour ce système d'exploitation.

    Comme Richard alias "hughsie", développeur GNOME travaillant chez Red Hat, l'explique, la vulnérabilité permet de prendre contrôle de votre machine à une distance de plus ou moins 50 mètres, ce qui rend assez dangereux de s'aventurer dans un café avec cet outil branché.

    Heureusement, GNOME a à disposition depuis quelques versions l'outil Gnome Software qui est capable de chercher sur Internet des mises à jour de firmware et de les appliquer graphiquement (la partie de recherche et de mise à jour est faite par le logiciel "fwupd"). Ainsi, Richard a pu entrer en discussion avec Logitech pour demander de la documentation sur le pocessus de mise à jour du firmware Unify.

    Nous pouvons remercier Logitech d'avoir accepté de collaborer avec Richard, car ils ont même accepté ensuite de publier les mises à jour sur un environnement public accessible donc par Gnome Softwaire. En plus, ils proposent maintenant la mise à jour sous forme de binaire utilisable directement par Linux au lieu de devoir le récupérer depuis le fichier ".exe" de Windows.

    Si vous voulez faire la mise à jour le plus vite possible, Richard explique à la fin de l'article comment activer le dépôt "testing" nécessaire pour l'instant pour appliquer la mise à jour avec "fwupd".