GNOME 3.19.3 had just been recently released a week before Christmas. This release comes with plenty of updates, improvements and bug fixes which includes GNOME Maps now supports editing locations in OpenStreetMap, wayland: Implement DND icon hotspot API, more of the DND implementation is now handled in GDK: creating the drag window, moving the window along with the cursor, the drag cancel animation. Others are: Mouse – Added a notification for the multiple copy actions, and a new menu for actions on the view Mouse – Force 2-finger scroll by default if available – Migrate scroll-method key to new edge-scrolling-enabled key The libdbus-1 backend has been removed.
The KDE team recently announced the release of a feature update to its desktop software, KDE Plasma 5.5. This latest release comes with a hots of updates, bug fixes and features. With Plasma 5.5 a basic Wayland session is provided; The default font has switched to Noto a beautiful and free font which aims to support all languages with a harmonious look and feel. Highlights of KDE Plasma 5.5 Updated Breeze Plasma Theme The Breeze Plasma widget theme has been updated to make it more consistent.
Enlightenment DR 0.20 Desktop Environment released late last month, is a rich feature set, fast, modular and extensible window manager for X11 and Linux with a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work. It provides an efficient yet breathtaking window manager based on the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) along with other essential desktop components like a file manager, desktop icons and widgets. Enlightenment is comprised of both the Enlightenment window manager and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), which provide additional desktop environment features such as a toolkit, object canvas, and abstracted objects.
Bhushan Shah recently posted on his blog page, an on going project work he has been working on to integrate the Lockscreen with KWin Wayland session. According to him, this is the most important bit of the Plasma on Wayland session. Currently in X11 lockscreen is managed by ksmserver (KDE’s session manager). Its also noted that in Wayland, lockscreen functionality should be moved in kwin_wayland, so that compositor is aware that screen is locked, what windows are owned by greeter, and what should get input events.
Javier Jardón recently announced the release of Gnome 3.19.1. This latest release has led to development work beginning on the next GNOME release, GNOME 3.20. Gnome 3.19.1 comes with a number of new features, Various UI improvements and bugfixes since release 3.18.1. Preview of some changes since v3.18.1 Bugfix: Use OAuth2 for Google sources – Evolution-Data-Server Bugfix : Explicitly link required libraries for gnome-calculator and gcalcmd binaries – gnome-calculator Respect text-scaling factor under wayland – gnome-shell Show the Bluetooth submenu when there were setup devices – gnome-shell Fix some theme issues – gnome-shell-extensions gtksourceview New class: GtkSourceTag with a draw-spaces property Drop build dependency on intltool, use upstream gettext and ITS Tool instead Completion windows: don’t add space for scrollbars Do not show undo/redo in context menu if undo/redo is disabled Bracket matching: several bug fixes, unit tests written, code simplified Other small code improvements
The KDE team has announced the release of Plasma 5.3 beta version 5.2.95, which makes a huge step towards to supporting the Wayland windowing system in addition to the default X11 windowing system. Plasma’s window manager and compositor KWin is now able to start a nested XWayland server, which acts as a bridge between the old (X11) and the new (Wayland) world. X11 windows can connect to this server as if it were a normal X server, for KWin it looks like a Wayland window, though.
GNOME 3.15.90 is now available. This is the first beta release of the 3.15 development, and it is a big release. All of the big features that where been worked on have made it into this release, in more or less complete form. One notable change the new GNOME shell theme. Other introduced features includes: Redesigned notifications in GNOME shell Codec installation integrated in gnome-software Login screen on Wayland New UI in eog UI improvements in nautilus and many more.
Bryce Harrington has just announced the release of Wayland 1.7 Display Server. This release focused on major improvements to Wayland’s documentation, minor improvements to the testsuite, and some scattered bugfixes to the code itself. Wayland’s developer documentation is comprised of three different pieces. First is a manually written prose, which includes diagrams and a high level description of everything. Second is the protocol documentation, which is mechanically generated from the protocol definitions and works more like a reference manual.
Pekka Paalanen has just announced the release Wayland and Weston 1.6 Alpha. According to the announcement, this is the first alpha release on the road to 1.6.0 (wayland and weston 1.5.91 release). The release plan continues as follows: two weeks to let the alpha version stabilize, and only merge small features along with bug fixes RC1 release on September 5th, Friday bugfixing RC2 release on September 12th, Friday hopefully no more bugfixing much 1.