Legend says that the best GNOME release is always the next one. Here’s a quick selection of features I’ll work on for GNOME 3.18. Hope you all enjoy!
For Calendar, we’re preparing an exciting 3.18 release:
- A new, experimental calendar manager, where users will be able to add, modify and remove calendars from it’s system. (in calendar-editor branch)
- A first tentative implementation of keyboard navigation, to help power users save their time & energy when using Calendar. (in wip/keyboard-navigation branch)
- The highly wanted week view, redesigned and unbelievably amazing – thanks to Lapo Calamandrei again.
- A new event editor, now able to handle attendants, attachments, different timezones e much more.
- Many bugfixes and code cleanups.
As part of my Summer of Code project, I’ll work Files’ (a.k.a. Nautilus) new Network & Drives page. Yaay!
Files will receive a bunch of improvements this cycle too:
- The new Network & Drives page – mockups are mature enought, thanks to Allan Day.
- A better sidebar – and Gtk+ will receive it too – thanks to Carlos Soriano’s work.
- Improvements on bookmark management.
- New dialog for renaming & creating folders and files.
- Many bugfixes and cleanups.
While I’m not directly involved, I’m personally very excited for the new features landing around. We’ll see some improvements on Totem (a.k.a Videos) and Shell. GNOME Builder is growing extremely fast, and Hergert’s contributions overflowed to other projects like GtkSourceView, gEdit and even Gtk+. It’s so good to have such an active and generous contributor as Christian Hergert working full-time on GNOME stack, we see a non-stopping flow of contributions everywhere!
This year’s Summer of Code’s accepted projects are looking very promising. The ones that really caught my attention were:
- The new Gtk+ image viewing widget, from Timm Bader.
- New event sources for Shell’s drop down menu, from Shivam Mishra.
- A better chatting experience for Polari, from Bastian Ilso.
- Improvements on Android interaction with GNOME, from Ronan Timinello.
I’m looking forward to see the results. And, by the end of this cycle, we’ll have a better GNOME desktop, which (I hope) users will enjoy to the last bit!