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GNOME 3.8 Is Moving Along On Its New Features

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Published on 22 January 2013 10:18 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME
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Matthias Clasen has issued an update today concerning the progress of new features for the upcoming release of GNOME 3.8.

Some of the updates that Clasen talks about in his mailing list post include:

- The GNOME Terminal has now been ported to dconf. One of the GNOME 3.8 goals has been to finish migrating GNOME packages to using GSettings and dconf. Now the only software package left to be ported is the Aisleriot game.

- When it comes to porting applications to handling a GMenu, the developers are making slow progress. The recent programs to have this support is the GNOME Calculator and GNOME Terminal. Among the applications left to be ported are Brasero, Yelp, GNOME Search Tool, Anjuta, Vinagre, Orca, and others. Outside of the GNOME world, they still want to port Firefox, LibreOffice, and other applications to supporting GMenu.

- Migrating software from using libgnome-keyring to libsecret is almost done.

- All GNOME modules have now been ported to handling the GStreamer 1.0 API rather than the pre-1.0 interfaces.

- The "PrintToFile" goal of having sensible default filenames for print output hasn't been touched much, but should be an easy item to hit.

- Adding keywords to the GNOME desktop files has seen a lot of progress.

- Work on creating high contrast application icons is nearing fruition.

- Migrating old Python code to Python 3 is still an ongoing process and is in need of some love.

- Notification Sources work is still being done.

More details on the current GNOME Goals can be found from the GNOME.org Live Wiki.

If you missed it, the direction of GNOME will be discussed next month at the annual FOSDEM event in Brussels.

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