GNOME 3.18 is going to be another milestone in our journey to bring various online services closer to the desktop, but this is one that took us 6 years to reach. You can now access your Google Drive through your favourite GNOME applications and the usual GIO APIs
Thibault Saunier started working on this way back in 2009 as a Google Summer of Code project. I picked it up a year ago, and after a few hiccups along the way and some head scratching — more on that later — it is finally here for you to enjoy. You can either wait for distributions like Fedora Workstation 23 to ship GNOME 3.18, or try the 3.17.92 release candidate tarballs that are coming out next week.
Two years ago, in GNOME 3.8, background transparency was removed from gnome-terminal. Over the years several users expressed their fondness for this feature, leading to much drama, tricky workarounds, and rosy promises.
I must point out that this is a downstream patch carried by Fedora, which has been rejected by the upstream gnome-terminal maintainer. If you want, you can ask your distributor to include it. Versions of the patch applicable to different GNOME branches can be found in this Git tree. You will also need a vte that has the fixes for bug 730023 and bug 729884 depending on the branch that you are using.
Be aware that this has exposed a bug in Adwaita where it is not drawing the background of the menubar when transparency is turned on. We are looking into it and hoping to fix it soon.
GNOME 3.12 is out and it is time to look forward to the next release. Lots of new features to implement and bugs to fix. I spent some time with Allan Day preparing a list of bugs for Documents that are waiting for someone to attack them. The list is here. Pick one that interests you and attach your patch to the bug.
This is part of an experiment that Allan started. We will keep adding new bugs to the list as they come in, and other modules might join the experiment in future.
So, fire up your text editors and see you in bugzilla!
We have continued our work towards having a nice set of core applications for finding and selecting the user’s content. Documents, which is the eldest, received a round of thorough bug squashing for GNOME 3.12. It is a much more mature and well-behaved application now than it was six months ago, mainly due to the work of our QA teams – both upstream and downstream. Photos received a set of nice new features and is well on its way towards fulfilling the role it was designed for.
This was something that was sorely lacking in the previous releases. With the increase in the number of online sources, the inability to be able to filter the content based on some parameters was badly felt. But not any more.
The documentation team has paid a lot of attention to the end-user help for these two applications. Older pages have been refreshed and newer ones written, and I can easily say that GNOME 3.12 will be one of the best in terms of documentation coverage.
Flickr integration was introduced in GNOME 3.10 when we added support for browsing Flickr content in Photos. In GNOME 3.12 we have taken this one step ahead. The Background Settings panel will now let you choose one of your Flickr pictures as your desktop’s background.
The panel only shows the 50 most recent pictures from each account to avoid overloading it with hundreds of items. If you are looking for that gorgeous photograph that you took a few summers ago, then you might want to use Photos instead. It has better search capability and is meant to handle larger data sets.
We got robbed in Barcelona the day before yesterday. It happened a little after 23:00 hr on the Passeig de Colom. We could have lost more, but in the end it was just my Canon EOS 60D with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens attached to it.
We filed a report at the police station on Carrer Nou de la Rambla with the serial numbers of the devices. We believe we have identified one of the two robbers — the one who had confronted us from the front. I must say that the police were friendly and helpful, and they had people who spoke good English.
But that is not the point of this blog post.
Thanks to my friend, Arjun, we figured out that the EXIF data has the serial number of the camera and the lens embedded in it; and if, like me, you upload your photos to Flickr, you can easily see all the metadata even if you do not have any fancy photography software at hand. This makes me wonder if it is possible for websites like Flickr or Facebook or Imgur to flag uploads originating from a tainted device. Client-side programs could do this too. I guess, this needs some kind of stolen cameras and lenses database, which could be tricky. Does something like this exist?
Anyway, I will leave the details of my stolen camera and lens here to leave a trail in the sands of the Internet.
- Serial number: 1881125429
- Internal serial number: WB0778966
- Lens serial number: 0000124725
The GUADEC 2013 videos are now available from http://www.superlectures.com/guadec2013/.
Some of the other highlights of this year: