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Felix Häcker: #53 GUADEC 2022

Planet GNOME - Pre, 22/07/2022 - 2:00pd

Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from July 15 to July 22.

GNOME Foundation

Emmanuele Bassi reports

GUADEC 2022, the GNOME conference, is currently under way in Guadalajara, Mexico. On Thursday, during the Annual General Meeting of the GNOME Foundation, the famed Pants Award given by the Foundation to a member of the GNOME community in recognition of their work, was awarded to Sophie Herold for her sterling work on the GNOME Circle and Apps of GNOME initiatives.

GNOME Releases

Jordan Petridis announces

The first alpha of GNOME 43 was released! The Highlights include:

  • The new Libadwaita widgets!
    • AdwAboutWindow
    • AdwEntryRow and AdwPasswordEntryRow
    • AdwMessageDialog
  • Builder and Files are now ported to GTK 4
  • Epiphany now has HTTP/2 support, as well as Web Extensions and Web apps improvments

Read the announcement and the complete changelog here

Core Apps and Libraries

Georges Stavracas (feaneron) announces

Parental Controls is now ported to GTK4 and libadwaita

Circle Apps and Libraries Health

Collect, store and visualise metrics about yourself.

Cogitri announces

Health version 0.94.0 has been released, including many bugfixes and more reliable notifications.

Commit

An editor that helps you write better Git and Mercurial commit messages.

sonnyp says

A new release of Commit message editor is out. It adds a theme switcher, better dark mode support, improved keyboard support and a fix for auto-capitalization when amending.

Third Party Projects Workbench

A sandbox to learn and prototype with GNOME technologies.

sonnyp says

A new release of Workbench is out with crash fixes and underlining of errors in Blueprint code using the Language Server Protocol.

Inline display of error messages is ready, but will have to wait for GNOME platform 43.

That’s all for this week!

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #thisweek:gnome.org with updates on your own projects!

Daniel García Moreno: Berlin Mini GUADEC 2022

Planet GNOME - Pre, 22/07/2022 - 12:00pd
The GUADEC is back!

This year, the famous GNOME developers meeting event, the GUADEC, gets back to "normal" after the last year global COVID-19 situation. And when I say normal, I'm talking about people meeting in one place to share knowledge and to build a great community around this great software project.

This year the even was in Guadalajara, Mexico, and that's great, but a bit far to go from Spain... But thankfully, some of GNOME folks who can't go to Mexico organized a parallel event to attend remotely in Berlin, Europe, that's the Berlin Mini GUADEC.

I decided to join this people, because there's a direct flight from Málaga, so it was not a very long travel for me. This was my first big trip after COVID, and I was a bit afraid, but besides the heat wave, everything was great.

My talk

The GUADEC event allows a remote attendance and also remote participation, so I proposed a talk that I finally did from Berlin thanks to the c-base people that build a great setup to give the talk to the local people at the same time that it was streamed to the main event in Mexico.

As you may know, I started to do live coding streaming this year, and there are also other GNOME Developers doing that, so I wanted to talk about this new way of sharing and build community, and that was my talk about.

You can watch my full talk in Youtube:

Endless

It's not all party and fun in this event, there's also time to work. We take advantage of this event and some of the Endless people take the opportunity to meet together.

We're fully remote and I started to work at Endless in 2019. We had the opportunity to meet one time in London, but after that, this is the second time we had the opportunity to share some time together and it was great. Besides the day to day work, that can be done in remote completely, it's always nice to have the opportunity to share some time with coworkers to meet the real person.

Thanks

My travel was sponsored by the GNOME Foundation, and thanks to the EndlessOS Foundation, to give me the opportunity to be part of this great community.

Balint Reczey: Firefox on Ubuntu 22.04 from .deb (not from snap)

Planet Ubuntu - Sht, 23/04/2022 - 4:38md

It is now widely known that Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) ships Firefox as a snap, but some people (like me) may prefer installing it from .deb packages to retain control over upgrades or to keep extensions working.

Luckily there is still a PPA serving firefox (and thunderbird) debs at https://launchpad.net/~mozillateam/+archive/ubuntu/ppa maintained by the Mozilla Team. (Thank you!)

You can block the Ubuntu archive’s version that just pulls in the snap by pinning it:

$ cat /etc/apt/preferences.d/firefox-no-snap Package: firefox* Pin: release o=Ubuntu* Pin-Priority: -1

Now you can remove the transitional package and the Firefox snap itself:

sudo apt purge firefox sudo snap remove firefox sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa sudo apt update sudo apt install firefox

Since the package comes from a PPA unattended-upgrades will not upgrade it automatically, unless you enable this origin:

echo 'Unattended-Upgrade::Allowed-Origins:: "LP-PPA-mozillateam:${distro_codename}";' | sudo tee /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/51unattended-upgrades-firefox

Happy browsing!

Update: I have found a few other, similar guides at https://fostips.com/ubuntu-21-10-two-firefox-remove-snap and https://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2022/04/install-firefox-deb-ubuntu-22-04 and I’ve updated the pinning configuration based on them.

Xubuntu: Xubuntu 22.04 released!

Planet Ubuntu - Pre, 22/04/2022 - 12:44pd

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 22.04.

Xubuntu 22.04, codenamed Jammy Jellyfish, is a long-term support (LTS) release and will be supported for 3 years, until 2025.

The Xubuntu and Xfce development teams have made great strides in usability, expanded features, and additional applications in the last two years. Users coming from 20.04 will be delighted with improvements found in Xfce 4.16 and our expanded application set. 21.10 users will appreciate the added stability that comes from the numerous maintenance releases that landed this cycle.

The final release images are available as torrents and direct downloads from xubuntu.org/download/.

As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.

Xubuntu Core, our minimal ISO edition, is available to download from unit193.net/xubuntu/core/ [torrent]. Find out more about Xubuntu Core here.

We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!

Highlights and Known Issues Highlights
  • Mousepad 0.5.8, our text editor, broadens its feature set with the addition of session backup and restore, plugin support, and a new gspell plugin.
  • Ristretto 0.12.2, the versatile image viewer, improves thumbnail support and features numerous performance improvements.
  • Whisker Menu Plugin 2.7.1 expands customization options with several new preferences and CSS classes for theme developers.
  • Firefox is now included as a Snap package.
  • Refreshed user documentation, available on the ISO and online.
  • Six new wallpapers from the 22.04 Community Wallpaper Contest.
Known Issues
  • The shutdown prompt may not be displayed at the end of the installation. Instead you might just see a Xubuntu logo, a black screen with an underscore in the upper left hand corner, or just a black screen. Press Enter and the system will reboot into the installed environment. (LP: #1944519)
  • The Firefox Snap is not currently able to open the locally-installed Xubuntu Docs. (LP: #1967109)

For more obscure known issues, information on affecting bugs, bug fixes, and a list of new package versions, please refer to the Xubuntu Release Notes.

The main Ubuntu Release Notes cover many of the other packages we carry and more generic issues.

Support

For support with the release, navigate to Help & Support for a complete list of methods to get help.

Xubuntu: Xubuntu 22.04 Community Wallpaper Contest Winners

Planet Ubuntu - Pre, 22/04/2022 - 12:21pd

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the results of the 22.04 community wallpaper contest!

As always, we’d like to send out a huge thanks to every contestant. The Xubuntu Community Wallpaper Contest gives us a unique chance to interact with the community and get contributions from members who may otherwise not have had the opportunity to join in before. With around 130 submissions, the contest garnered less interest this time around, but we still had a lot of great work to pick from. All of the submissions are browsable on the 22.04 contest page at contest.xubuntu.org.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

From left to right, top to bottom. Click on the links for full-size image versions.

Congratulations, and thanks for your wonderful contributions!

Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu 22.04 LTS Released

Planet Ubuntu - Enj, 21/04/2022 - 8:24md

The Kubuntu Team is happy to announce that Kubuntu 22.04 LTS has been released, featuring the beautiful KDE Plasma 5.24 LTS: simple by default, powerful when needed.

Codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”, Kubuntu 22.04 continues our tradition of giving you Friendly Computing by integrating the latest and greatest Free Software technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 5.15-based kernel, KDE Frameworks 5.92, Plasma 5.24 LTS and KDE Gear (formerly Applications) 21.12.3.

Kubuntu has seen many updates for other applications, both in our default install, and installable from the Ubuntu archive.

Elisa, KDE connect, Krita, Kdevelop, Digikam, Latte-dock, and many many more applications are updated.

Applications that are key for day-to-day usage are included and updated, such as Firefox, VLC and Libreoffice.

For this release we provide Thunderbird for email support, however the KDE PIM suite (including kontact and kmail) is still available to install from the archive.

For a list of other application updates, upgrading notes and known bugs be sure to read our release notes.

Download 22.04 LTS or read how to upgrade from 21.10 and 20.04.

Note: From 21.10, there may a delay of a few hrs to days between the official release announcements and the Ubuntu Release Team enabling upgrades. From 20.04, upgrades will not be enabled until approximately the date of the 1st 22.04 point release (22.04.1) at the end of July.

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