We did it. Yes, we finally made it. We’re having the 3.18 release, and is the best release ever – just like every GNOME release. We saw many cool features landing, a number of awsome project which the GNOME interns (hey, I was one of them too!) worked on this summer and lots of exciting news going around.
Every new GNOME release, however, actually just an excuse for the next one. There’s always room for improvements and the work never ends. I personally like the beginning of new release cycles so that I can plan ahead what I’ll probably work on. And why not share it?
Oh, poor Calendar. Received so little attention for 3.18 release… fear no more! Calendar will receive it’s well deserved love. Here’s what’ll happen:
- Calendar theme will get some attention. Minor details will be fixed.
- Every single struggle pointed by Gina’s usability tests is going to be fixed.
- We’ll finally have Drag n’ Drop support!
- Hopefully, Week view will be ready.
- A new view will be available too – but that’s a surprise! 😉
- Much like To Do, Calendar will receive some error reporting UI too.
The new kid in town will also receive some love. Since it’s very fresh and young, there’s plenty of ideas to try here:
- A new flow grid view will land (see Google Keep’s grid view to have an idea).
- Support for subtasks (and the many cool things we can do with that).
- Full GOA support (actually depends on Evolution-Data-Server work).
I started working on Nautilus as part of my Summer of Code internship, and – guess what – I won’t abbandon it! Such a core component of GNOME stack must receive as much attention as it possibly can. For this cycle:
- Improve the way we do bookmarking on Nautilus (possibly will reflect on Gtk+ too).
- Rework the search UI.
- Remove the duplicated GtkPlacesView code.
- Many bugfixes.
Together with Nautilus, I managed to inject some code in Gtk+ as part of my GSoC internship too. And I just realized that I’m the official(?) maintainer of a Gtk+ widget! As such, that’s what I’ll do on Gtk+:
- Show the free space of local disks, as shown in the mockups.
- Cleanup & document the code.
- Expose it as a public widget (and also remove the duplicated code from Nautilus).
- Improve the places sidebar.
I’m also hoping to work on smaller things with Music and Maps. And last week, I made my first patches for Grilo! Stay tuned for updates on that.
There’s not much to say besides that. I sincerely hope you guys enjoy using the new GNOME 3.18 release, just as much as I enjoyed working on it! See ya!