Decoder 0.2.0 Released 🚀

It has been a few months since last release in February, and quite a lot has changed, GTK 4 had many issues back then and had to be manually included in the Flatpak manifest, libadwaita was still a WIP merge request for libhandy and didn’t include changes to the Adwaita stylesheet, ASHPD didn’t have an asynchronous API, and gtk4-rs was in a state of constant flux, to the point where making the required API changes when updating the app took hours, just due to the massive number of improvements in gtk-rs-core. Just updating those dependencies makes a big difference.

The worst offender was that the gstreamer plugging used for the camera depended on gstreamer/gst-plugins-good/!767 for GTK 4 support, and to make everything bad, a bug in the Intel drivers made the app crash in Wayland when initializing the camera so it had to be released without Wayland support.

On a brighter note, Bilal introduced support for the camera portal in ASHPD and made a small widget demo, this allows to drop those pesky holes in the sandbox by taking advantage of PipeWire. As far as I am aware this is the first real-world use of the camera portal, and by implementing it in Decoder, and soon in Authenticator, these of the first apps (if not the first) to use it 🎊. By using this we can drop the patch, stop building gstreamer and most of its modules, add back Wayland support, and drop the sandbox hole.

The plan now is to wait a few days for translations and release a 0.2.1 minor release, add support for creating more types of QR codes (I am waiting for libadwaita/!194), and incorporate this camera widget into Authenticator, and Bilal is working on releasing the Demo for ASHPD 👌.

You can get Decoder at Flathub. Source at