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GNOME Shell Gets Wayland HiDPI Fonts, Mutter Gets Touch Gestures

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Published on 23 July 2014 07:30 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
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New releases of the GNOME Shell and Mutter are available today in preparation for the GNOME 3.13.4 development milestone this week.

GNOME Shell 3.13.4 notably brings support for scaling fonts on Wayland for HiDPI displays, so the font handling for the displays with high pixel densities is now on par with GNOME Shell's X11 support. The Wayland HiDPI font scaling for the GNOME Shell is covered by this bug report.

Other GNOME Shell 3.13.4 changes include adding gestures for various system actions, utilizing a new restart framework, handling of portal login requests, and other changes. GNOME Shell 3.13.4 changes can be learned from its mailing list post.

Meanwhile for Mutter 3.13.4 are also some notable changes. Mutter 3.13.4 fixes move/resize operations for Wayland clients, adds touch gesture support, a framework was added for restarting the compositor with nice visuals, toggling seat capabilities on VT switching, and other fixes. The Mutter 3.13.4 details are shared via this mailing list post.

These changes plus many more improvements over a six month period will be worked into the GNOME 3.14 release due out in late September.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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