Some of the DirectFB news we missed was that GTK+ 3.12 has been ported to DirectFB and uses a brand new GDK back-end. Back in the GTK2 days there was DirectFB support but that was dropped prior to GTK3. This current DirectFB GTK+ 3.12 port lacks drag and drop, selection support, cursor shapes, full-screen support, geometry hints, properties, and many other features, but according to the developers maintaining this out-of-tree GTK+ code it's "basically usable" for running modern GTK apps on DirectFB.
DirectFB 1.8 is also coming along to succeed the year-old DirectFB 1.7. There isn't yet any organized change-log but those interested can browse the commits. There's been more work on Wayland support, EGL, libdirect, etc. Most of the DirectFB development continues to be led by Denis Oliver Kropp.
Those wishing to learn about the other recent DirectFB advancements can visit DirectFB.org.