GNOME tells us about many news, enough to title its weekly entry as "Absolutely serious"

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And after the article This week in KDE, although it was published last night, it is the turn of This week in GNOME. When reading the headline, "Absolutely serious", one thinks that something really important has happened, but I don't know if they mean that they have made more changes than usual, there are some that they consider really important or that yesterday was April 1 and It's an April's Fool joke.

The truth is that there is more text than usual, partly because there is talk of more software and partly because there is some that, by itself, introduces many points. Whatever the reason, it is the title that have posted this week, and you have all the news from March 25 to April 1 below.

This week in GNOME

  • GNOME Logs already uses GTK4 and libadwaita.
  • WebKitGTK Adwaita widgets, as well as scrollbars, now look more like their libadwaita versions than GTK3, and support CSS accent color following Cocoa WebKit ports.
  • Webfont Kit Generator 1.0.0 has arrived on Flathub, with changes such as the fact that it already uses GTK4 and libadwaita, a new Google Fonts importer and a new icon for the app.
  • Shortwave can now add local radio stations, even if they are not on radio-browser.info. A transition for the mini-player used by Adw.TimeAnimation has also been added.
  • Pika 0.4 will be released on May 15, just one year after v0.3, and this week these new features have arrived:
    • Added desktop notifications for postponed scheduled backups. Backups may be postponed if the repository is in use, the Internet connection is metered, or the device is not connected to power.
    • Some text and icons in the user interface have been updated.
    • Added desktop notification in case the app running backups crashes. This should only happen on unlikely events like segfaults in the underlying libraries or memory overrun.
    • File prefixes have been added to the user interface, including a dialog to change them.
    • Until now, BorgBackup created checkpoints every 30 minutes in Pika Backup. Checkpoints are points in the backup process from where an incomplete backup can be continued.
    • Since in BorgBackup 1.2 it is also possible to create a checkpoint when manually aborting a backup in progress, this is now also the default when aborting a backup in Pika Backup.
    • Fixed many technical details around the background monitor that allows scheduled backups.
    • The dialog that asked for the repository password now shows which repository is requiring the password.
    • Added support for Fnmatch (shell wildcard patterns) to the backend. Adding them outside of the config file will probably delay until version 0.5.
    • They continue to make the setup workflow more enjoyable.
    • Fixed several bugs showing when the next backup is scheduled.
    • Notifies about connected backup devices if they are not set for scheduled backups, to quickly start a backup from desktop notification.
    • Correctly notifies about missing devices for the backup that is scheduled for this time.
  • Identity 0.3 has arrived with zoom support. You can now set the scale to 100% to match pixels perfectly, or zoom in or out with mouse and touch pads and screens. Zoom and view position are synced across open files.
  • Furtherance is a new time tracking application written in Rust using GTK4 and libadwaita. With it you can follow the time spent on individual tasks, detect the execution time (idle) in GNOME, you can edit names and times of tasks and tasks are sorted by day and similar ones are grouped.
  • Fractal-next has been moved to the main development branch, so flatpak versions can be released nigthly.
  • The extension manager has launched its third version, with new features such as:
    • Show comments and reviews.
    • Support for updates from the app.
    • New app icon with GNOME style.
    • Error handling improvements.
    • Correct labeling of outdated extensions.
    • File sizes have been significantly reduced.
  • Just Perfection 20 has arrived with some bug fixes and two new features: calendar and event visibility.

And that has been all this week in GNOME


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