Dear GNOME users,
It has been waaaay to quiet, but the GNOME team has been busy (and I
think I can proudly say that we consider the GNOME Team having increased
in the last couple months; there are more people in the #opensuse-gnome
IRC channel and actively participating than there used to be... more are
So, but what have we been up to these days?
GNOME 3.16.0 is on the horizon (planned release date March 25 2015) and,
as usual, we followed the releases of the unstable branch (3.15.x)
pretty closely in our GNOME:Next repository.
At this moment, we are all up-to-date with GNOME 3.15.91 there, and it
has some changes worth mentioning (and a notice of danger for now).
* Noteworthy changes you will see / asked for
+ A new visual theme (no drastic change, but it IS different)
+ Notifications are no longer shown at the bottom of the screen in a
hidden notification bar, but are now moved to the TOP, inside the
calendar widget; new notifications appear on top as well.
+ This also means that appllications placing a systray icon no longer
have the notification bar available to abuse this. But, as soon as an
app places a notification icon, you will see a small 'drawer' at the
bottom left of your screen; all will be placed in there
+ Wayland: wayland session has gone a good way forward (in fact, GDM is
per default in a wayland session now), but it is certainly still leaps
behind the stability of an X-session. We still provide the
gnome-session-wayland for you to experiment
*** DANGER NOTICE ***
+ Tracker is known to have migration issues coming from 1.2.x to 1.3.x
at the moment. It results in a destroyed tracker index database. Your
actual data is safe! The index can be deleted and recreated (but,
depending on your data pool, can take a while). A fix is in the works of
course and this is not supposed to happen for users upgrading later on
from GNOME 3.14.x to GNOME 3.16.0.
Looking forward to see you guys test it, report bugs, work as part of
the GNOME Team on fixing them and see you call yourself PART OF IT!
Dimstar / Dominique Leuenberger <dimstar(a)opensuse.org>