GNOME welcomes Kathmandu with a long list of new features

This week in GNOME

GNOME has published entry number 140 of its TWIG initiative, and in it it congratulates itself on the arrival of GNOME 46. Codenamed Kathmandu, we are looking at the new version of the desktop and the one that will be used by the main versions of Ubuntu and Fedora, among others. But everything moves forward, and as proof we have the news entry from March 15 to 22 that contains many points, several of them taking advantage of the STF donation.

There is a lot to talk about in the following list. Perhaps it is worth highlighting applications that have come or will come to GNOME, such as Decibels that has entered the incubator or Railway that has become part of the circle. Let's go with the news this week.

This week in GNOME

  • With the donation from STF, this week they began to finalize the implementation of the dbus sysupdate service, among other things.
  • Support for sub-milliseconds has been added to GLib using ppoll(), comments from the GIO documentation have started to be ported to gi-docgen and JSON-GLib is now able to strictly adhere to the JSON specification.
  • Decibels has entered the incubator, which is where they put applications that aspire to become part of the official GNOME applications. It is an audio player to play single audios.
  • Railway has entered the GNOME circle. It is an app that allows you to view travel information on railway networks that prevents us from having to visit several web pages.
  • Workbench 46 has arrived on Flathub with this list of new features:
    • You can now test the adaptive dialogs of libadwaita 1.5 with the new “Dialog” and “Message Dialogs” demos in the Library.
    • Workbench now shows online diagnostics for Rust and Python.
    • A new “Snapshot” demo has been added to demonstrate one of the most interesting features of GTK4.
    • An additional 26 demos have been ported to Python.
    • 5 additional demos have been ported to Vala.

Workbench 46

  • Fretboard, in addition to supporting GNOME 46 as a platform, can now notify when there are no variants of a chord in its list.

fret board

  • Livi 0.1.0 is now available on Flathub. Integrated with Gstreamer 1.24 and compiled with GTK 4.14, it is the first desktop application to enable copyless video playback by default in the Wayland ecosystem. This enables highly energy-efficient playback, closing the gap with other operating systems or embedded environments.

Livi 0.1.0

  • Planify has received several updates:
    • Improved performance of syncing with Nextcloud.
    • It is now possible to select the Pinboard view as the home page.
    • It is now possible to add a task to the Pinboard view from the context menu.
    • Fixed several reported bugs.


  • Library 1.3 has arrived on Flathub and has received these new features:
    • Added documentation for GLib/Gio/GObject, support for web content, support for keyboard navigation in the sidebar, zoom buttons in the main menu, and shortcuts for viewing open tabs and toggling the sidebar.
    • Improved search interface.

Library 1.3

  • New version of Usage. Now features an indicator for apps running in the background, individual Android apps when Waydroid is running, and splitting the performance view into processor and memory and then using flat header bars.

Usage in GNOME

  • This week the first version of Hieroglyphic arrived, a fork Updated TeX-Match tool that helps you find LaTeX symbols by drawing them.

Hieroglyphic in GNOME

  • Kooha 2.3 has arrived with this list of new features:
    • The area selector window is now resizable, making selecting an area more flexible.
    • The previously selected area is now remembered in all sessions.
    • The current video format and FPS settings are now visible in the main view.
    • The recording done notification now shows the duration and size of the recording.
    • Progress is now displayed during recording download.
    • Now it is preferable to record in stereo than in mono.
    • Audio cuts in long recordings have been corrected.
    • The preferences dialog is now more descriptive and offers a more convenient FPS selection box.
    • Fixed incorrect recording orientation for some composers.

Kooha 2.3

  • Flare 0.14.1 has arrived updating the dialogues to the new Adwaita customizable ones. In addition, there is a new "New channel" dialog and another information dialog. Finally, many bugs have been fixed.

Flare 0.14.1 on GNOME

  • Blueprint 0.12 now has a new formatter, the AdwAlertDialog, issues warnings for discontinued features of GTK, GLib, etc., and new IDE integrations for document symbols, "Go to" definitions, and code action for importing missing namespaces.

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

Images and content: TWIG.

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