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  • GNOME 42 Beta Released - Begins The UI / Feature / API Freeze, More Apps Ported To GTK4

    Phoronix: GNOME 42 Beta Released - Begins The UI / Feature / API Freeze, More Apps Ported To GTK4

    Ahead of next month's GNOME 42.0 desktop debut, today marks the GNOME 42 Beta (or "42.beta" as they prefer) and this also initiates the start of the user-interface, API, and feature freeze for this six month update...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...=GNOME-42-Beta

  • #2
    Its a bummer the Nautilus GTK4 port did not make it for this release, though I have no doubt a copr will quickly be setup for early adopters. Though it should wonder no one, getting rid of those specialized widgets going back to the GTK1 days and replacing them is no easy task, but this is also a massive cleanup of the most ugly parts of nautilus' code and will make larger improvements much easier in the future.
    Otherwise, a very sweet update with many very nice under the hood improvements for mutter and shell.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Alexmitter View Post
      Its a bummer the Nautilus GTK4 port did not make it for this release, though I have no doubt a copr will quickly be setup for early adopters. Though it should wonder no one, getting rid of those specialized widgets going back to the GTK1 days and replacing them is no easy task, but this is also a massive cleanup of the most ugly parts of nautilus' code and will make larger improvements much easier in the future.
      Otherwise, a very sweet update with many very nice under the hood improvements for mutter and shell.
      Agreed.

      Did triple buffering make it? (.. or will it ever?)

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      • #4
        So if not all apps made it to GTK4 / Libadwaita, I wonder how will they look like on Gnome 42.. Will they retain the current old Adwaita theme or will the new Libadwaita theme support the apps that still haven't got ported as well?

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        • #5
          Any gnome-related package update in Fedora 35 will bring* back "gnome-tour" again and again.
          Is there a way to nuke "GNOME tour" in such a way so that it doesn't come back as an update? Some sort of dnf mark-hold gnome-tour command!?

          Edit: bring*
          Last edited by pranav; 22 February 2022, 11:34 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pranav View Post
            Any gnome-related package update in Fedora 35 will back "gnome-tour" again and again.
            Is there a way to nuke "GNOME tour" in such a way so that it doesn't come back as an update? Some sort of dnf mark-hold gnome-tour command!?
            excludepkgs=gnome-tour ?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by pranav View Post
              Any gnome-related package update in Fedora 35 will back "gnome-tour" again and again.
              Is there a way to nuke "GNOME tour" in such a way so that it doesn't come back as an update? Some sort of
              HTML Code:
              dnf mark-hold gnome-tour
              command!?
              This is only really an issue with Fedora.
              The issue is that DNF installs "recommends" automatically. Gnome-tour is marked as an optional dependency for some gnome applications. When those get updated, DNF automatically installs gnome-tour.
              You can just add
              Code:
              exclude=gnome-tour
              in dnf.conf and that should prevent it from auto installing when a gnome application gets updated. I don't use Gnome or Fedora, so I'm not sure if there's a flag in dnf.conf to turn auto-install of optional dependencies (or recommends like dnf likes to call them) off. But that should at least blacklist the application itself.
              You can also edit the .desktop file for gnome-tour (just make sure to move it to ~/.local/share/applications, so updates won't undo your changes) to hide it from your app launcher. Menulibre is a gnome application that will do that for you with a UI.

              TLDR; Not really an issue with Gnome, but with Fedora.
              Last edited by clockwork; 22 February 2022, 11:02 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mppix View Post
                Did triple buffering make it? (.. or will it ever?)
                For what it's worth, it's been marked as ready for the last 5 days: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/mutte..._requests/1441

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by user1 View Post
                  So if not all apps made it to GTK4 / Libadwaita, I wonder how will they look like on Gnome 42.. Will they retain the current old Adwaita theme or will the new Libadwaita theme support the apps that still haven't got ported as well?
                  Regrettably, they'll just look out of place in stock Gnome, unless you or your distro decides to theme them with something like adw-gtk3.

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                  • #10
                    I didn't even know GNOME 42 would retrieve Bluetooth battery status. That's a neat addition, given that Bluetooth is seeing an increase in usage.

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