Download and install operating systems directly in GNOME Boxes

If you are closely following the development of GNOME Boxes, you probably have read Debarshi’s announcement of this new feature that allows you to download and install Red Hat Enterprise Linux gratis directly from Boxes.

This time we are enabling you to install many other operating system virtual machines right from inside Boxes. A moving picture is better than words, so watch the preview below:

The list is populated by libosinfo, which gets updated shortly after every new OS release. If you don’t see your favorite distro there, please send us a patch.

This feature will feature GNOME 3.28.
Happy virtualization! :-)

GNOME 3.26 Release Party in Brno, Czech Republic

Last Monday our local GNOME community in Brno gathered together to celebrate once more one of our releases.

This time (after many releases) we had a cake! Other than that, we had drinks and great people chatting in a very cozy venue. It was a blast to see old friends and make new.

Pictures taken by our fellow GNOMEr Jiří Eischmann

I would like to thank the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring our meetup and Dominika Vágnerová for organizing it all!

GUADEC 2017

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I couldn’t miss this opportunity of telling you about GUADEC 2017 in the hope that it is going to encourage you to attend our next year edition in Almería, Spain.

Looking back at the six editions of GUADEC that I have attended so far, I can honestly say that we are getting better and better, edition after edition. You might disagree but it is quite clear to me that we are evolving in a very promising direction as a software project and as a community (despite the political turmoil that our world is under).

The GNOME Way™ has shined as a promising path towards a sustainable and progressive community, where “It is a rejection of technological elitism. It is an egalitarian version of openness” that enables us to move forward in an ethical way.

This way I can guarantee that your attendance is going to be not only a pleasant but enlightening experience.

GUADEC 2017 - Group photo
GUADEC 2017 – Group photo

In this edition, as always, we had an excellent selection of talks presented by our community members. It was extremely hard having to pick a talk when there were multiple ones happening simultaneously.

In the day one morning I was chairing the sessions at the Turing room (nice choice of names along side Hopper btw), which limited my attendance of talks happening in the Hopper room. But anyway I would have been experiencing FOMO if I would be chairing the other room instead. ;-)

My personal highlights are “Please Use GNOME Web” by Michael Catanzaro, and Christian Hergert rocking as always in his “State of the Builder” address.  Later that day our former executive director Karen Sandler was keynoting “The Battle Over Our Technology” where once more Software Freedom was in the spotlight.

After the afternoon brake, I chaired the sessions in the Hopper room, which gave me the opportunity to be part of the monetization discussions related to GNOME Software and Flatpak, presented by Jorge Garcia and Richard Hughsie. The activities of this room were closed by Julita Inca giving her reports of her outreachy activities in Peru.

The whole conference day ended with our traditional Interns Lightning Talks. As someone who has been in the other side, I can tell who anxious one must feel of speaking in front of such a qualified audience. But the whole tension disappears in the air as soon as you see how receptive the GNOME community is to Newcomers and their projects.

At day two I attended Jussi Pakkanen talk about meson, since I have been personally porting projects that I maintain into the build system, convincing me even more that this is a right choice. Unfortunately Nirbheek Chauhan couldn’t come, I hope his health is better now.

Carlos Garnacho and Florian Müllner talked about the future of our Shell (and handled very well the questions. ;-)

This day I also watched Federico share his experiences of porting librsvg to Rust, and Carlos Garnacho talk about the future of Tracker.

The main attraction of the day, IMO, was Jonathan Blandford’s “The History of GNOME” talk. If you’d have just 30 minutes to watch GUADEC talks, I would recommend this one. It was a zeitgeist of the last 20 years of our project/community with a good pinch of comedy and interaction with the living legends sitting in the audience.

Later everybody tied their ties to get serious for the AGM report. :-)

In the last conference day I skipped Philip’s JavaScript talk to see Jakub Steiner talking about transitions and try to imagine where he would fill drones in the slides. :-)

Continuing in the design world, I was at the audience of Tobias Bernard’s “Building interfaces from the future” as well. #Inspiring

Matthew Garrett (I’m a big fan btw) attended GUADEC to share with us his expertise in security. And after it I jumped to Tristan’s Buildstream talk in the other room.

After lunch I rushed into the conference room to see Tim Lunn talk about Ubuntu’s return to GNOME, since I have nothing but good hopes for both projects and mostly for the users of free desktops.

Peter Hutterer traveled a long distance to tell us about mice! :p Followed by the GitLab conversation which sounded like a very promising closure for all the debates that took place before in emails and forums.

I then hoped into the other room to watch Wim Taymans give a freestyle talk about his exciting experiments developing what we now call Pipewire. To end the activities in the Hopper room, Carlos Garnacho confessed the murder of GdkWindow in front of the audience.

The lightning talks were the cherry on top!

Other than the talks, we had social events which gathered us even closer by having beers and delicious food. A special highlight to the 20th anniversary party which was a fantastic surprise that got us all emotional and proud of our community.

During the Unconference days I took advantage of being a few meters apart from people that I work daily through the internet to have more discussions and insights about the stuff we hack on. I would like to thank Zeeshan Ali for the counselling regarding the future of Boxes.

All in all, I probably forgot to mention many other interactions and remarkable moments that I have experienced throughout the week in Manchester, but I guess you can figure everything else by reading all the other blog posts in Planet GNOME.

Last but not least, I would like to thank my employer Red Hat for sponsoring my trip and the GUADEC organizers for an awesome conference. See you all soon!

Revisiting the Printers Settings

If you read my announcement post or you are already running GNOME 3.24, you probably already know that there is a new Printers panel in GNOME Control Center. The new design is part of a big effort to modernize the Settings user interface.

After the 3.24 release we were able to gather more feedback from our users and, this way, cook up some improvements/enhancements to better suit their use-cases.

The main concern raised after the release was the discoverability of a printer in the list of printers. To tackle these issues we introduced two new features:

Search

Show recently added printer

yep, that’s a gif.

Another must-have feature that the printers panel never had and now is merged is the ability to undo a deletion of a printer.

Some users found it irrelevant to show the ink level bar when there’s no ink information to show, in doing so, we decided to hide it entirely for these cases.

In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that “Software is Never Done“. This is an evolving work which depends on various factors, including your feedback. Please, report bugs, suggest enhancements, and write patches, to make our desktop always better.

Improve focus and productivity by listening to different sounds

I have always had a hard time avoiding distractions during working hours. My hyperactive brain wants to wander off distracted by any kind of noise around me.

Lately I found out that having a background ambient sound such as rain, wind, fireplace, really constrains me from any distraction.

In doing so, inspired by Noisli.com, I created a GNOME Shell extension with similar functionality.

It is quite simple but it does the job for me.

It is available for download at the extensions website: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1224/focusli/

Bug reports/feature requests are welcomed at https://github.com/felipeborges/gnome-shell-extension-focusli/issues

New Printers Panel

As I mentioned in my previous post about the New Users Panel, we are happy to be able to include a new Printers panel in GNOME 3.24.

The Printers panel is also part of the GNOME Control Center redesign effort which intents to introduce the new shell in 3.26.

New printers panel

The printers are now listed all in the same page in a single column. The minimalist look doesn’t mean that we dropped any features. Everything else is now part of the Details Dialog.

Details dialog

The gear button exposes the printing options dialog and the new printer details dialog. Also, let’s you easily set the printer as default or remove it.

Adding a new printer is also cleaner. The new Add Printer dialog can handle authentication of printing servers within the dialog (instead of the extra authentication dialog that we used to have).

Add printer dialog

These and plenty of other changes will be part of GNOME 3.24 which is going to be released in a month. Stay tuned!

New Users Panel

The GNOME Control Center redesign goes on. This release we are happy to announce the new Users Panel design. As you can see in the preview video below, we are moving away from a two column panel into a single page concept. These changes make the panel way clearer specially with the new shell.

In terms of user interface/experience, the Carousel is the main star of the new Users panel. It presents the system users, alphabetically sorted, three at the time. Its pagination allows browsing through the user list. The arrow indicates the selected item.

The Users panel now joins the Keyboard, Printers, and Mouse, as the new Settings experience. We plan to switch to the new Shell in the very next cycle. Stay tuned!

 

GUADEC 2016

I have just returned from our annual users and developers conference. This years’ GUADEC has taken place in the lovely Karlsruhe, Germany. It once again was a fantastic opportunity to gather everyone who works pretty hard to make our desktop and platform the best out there. :)

Luckily I was able to attend the three core days of the conference and stay three more days for the Hackfests/BoFs. Speaking of that, I had a talk on GNOME Music which you can find online as a courtesy of the Chaos Computer Club Video Operation Center.

It was also a blast to be able to speak to Outreachy/GSoC interns, discuss diversity, and get up-to-date on what others have been hacking on lately. The local organizers and the volunteers made it sure that everything went by smoothly.

The atmosphere was fantastic and relaxed: picnic, social events, mini-pool, ice cream…

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Gtk+ BOF @ GUADEC 2016

I would like to thank my employer Red Hat for enabling me to be once again present in the conference and for sponsoring my trip. See you all next year! ;)

First Linux Desktop Meetup in Brno, CZ

Last Thursday, the 5th of May, we had our first Linux Desktop Meetup in Brno. It was an exciting start, with informal talks from fellow members of our community. In this first edition, we had talks focused on IDE and development environments.

This event has been brought up initially by our colleagues at Red Hat (props to Jiří Eischmann), but it intents to embrace the whole local community. Brno has an exciting environment of IT companies and universities, which can be great for the flourishing of new ideias, projects, events… you name it. :)

The Linux Desktop meetups will be held in the first Thursdays of the month. Everyone is welcome to join and to propose talks! In the meetup website you can check out the details for the next editions of the event.