GNOME makes changes in its directive, among the most outstanding novelties of this week

Warping in GNOME 42

Like every Friday afternoon/night, GNOME published yesterday a note about the news that has been in the last week, the 43rd since they started this initiative. The note is one of the longest they have published in the last almost 10 months, but the number of changes they have mentioned is within the normal range. So what has made this article longer? The answer is that they have included a notice about changes in the project.

Alberto Ruiz is going to leave his position as manager of the foundation. The reasons are a combination of work and personal reasons. In his place will be Martín Abente Laheye, an active member of the community, author of works such as Flat Seal o Portfolio, and has experience promoting and developing free and open source software (FOSS).

New roadmap in GNOME

They have also mentioned that they want to take a direction clara:

The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors has been working on a high-level roadmap to give the Foundation a clear direction. Rob posted the three initiatives that will keep us busy. All the details in the post, but the strategy is:

  1. Make the newcomer initiative more sustainable, with paid contributors polishing the documentation and welcoming people to our platform.
  2. Make GNOME an attractive platform to develop by making Flathub support payments.
  3. Make GNOME a local platform to empower individuals by reducing their dependency on the cloud and more generally on the Internet.

In short: get more people to contribute to the GNOME project, get them to earn money from the skills they've developed, and let them create applications that have a powerful impact on the world.

News this week

In addition to the above, they have also told us about the news in terms of software:

  • Libadwaita has obtained AdwPropertyAnimationTarget to animate object properties, as well as AdwCallbackAnimationTarget.
  • GTK 4 has seen performance improvements in ListView and ColumnView scrolling. Also, fixed an issue of unstable FPS after opening a menu in a popup window.
  • GNOME Software now supports basic webapps.
  • Rnote 0.5 is here and now it has a new draft mode, new shape types like ellipses and bevel curves. On the other hand, the un/do tool has been improved, among other improvements.
  • The first version of Warp has been released, an application for sending files to computers on the same network that closely resembles the warpinator (even in name) from Linux Mint. There is a version in Flatub.
  • Blueprint has arrived at Workbench. Support for Vala in the same software has also been improved.

And that's been it for this week at GNOME.


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