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GNOME 43.1 To Support Wayland On The AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260
GNOME 43.1 To Support Wayland On The AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260

Earlier this year AMD-Xilinx announced a Linux-powered robotics starter kit making use of Xilinx's Kria KR26 SOM featuring a Zynq Ultrascale+ with four Cortex-A53 cores and Mali graphics. While robotics focused, there is a DisplayPort output and over the summer Canonical has been working to get this board playing nicely with a Wayland-powered GNOME desktop.

25 September 2022 - Working GNOME Support - 3 Comments
GNOME 43's Mutter Lands Max BPC Property Support To Deal With Monitor Issues
GNOME 43's Mutter Lands Max BPC Property Support To Deal With Monitor Issues

Earlier this summer was the patch series for GNOME's Mutter to make use of the Linux DRM/KMS "max BPC" property for the drivers exposing the maximum bits per color supported. That code has now been merged in time for next month's GNOME 43 release and in turn will help deal with some scenarios where users may encounter screen flickering, brief blackouts, and other problems related to available monitor bandwidth.

22 August 2022 - Max BPC - 24 Comments
GTK4's Broadway HTML5 Backend Coming Back To Ubuntu, Debian
GTK4's Broadway HTML5 Backend Coming Back To Ubuntu, Debian

For the past decade going back to the early GTK3 days there has been the "Broadway" back-end that allows for GTK interfaces to be rendered within HTML5 web browsers. Aside from demos and other toys, there hasn't been too much widespread use reported with this GTK HTML5 back-end and some distributions like Ubuntu and Debian haven't been shipping the Broadway support with the newer GTK4. However, that is changing now for Debian and with this autumn's release of Ubuntu 22.10.

22 August 2022 - GTK4 Broadway - 7 Comments
GNOME Mutter & Shell 43 Beta Bring Several Very Exciting Changes
GNOME Mutter & Shell 43 Beta Bring Several Very Exciting Changes

GNOME's Shell and Mutter components have released their beta versions for this GNOME 43 milestone. Particularly on the Mutter side are some very exciting changes from improvements to direct scan-out, high resolution scroll wheel support being completed and merged, various Wayland improvements, and more performance optimizations.

11 August 2022 - GNOME 43 Beta - 48 Comments
Renewed Work Around GNOME 30-bit Deep Color Frame-Buffer Support
Renewed Work Around GNOME 30-bit Deep Color Frame-Buffer Support

Going back years has been an effort to get 30-bit deep color support on the GNOME desktop under Wayland. Ubuntu and others have been interested in getting 30-bit color support working nicely for the Linux desktop, but while that milestone hasn't yet been crossed, thankfully there is some renewed work in that direction.

9 August 2022 - Deep Color On GNOME Wayland - 33 Comments
Ubuntu Working On GNOME Wayland Support For The AMD Xilinx Kria KR260
Ubuntu Working On GNOME Wayland Support For The AMD Xilinx Kria KR260

Canonical engineer Daniel van Vugt who is known for his work on enhancing the upstream GNOME desktop stack to improve the experience for Ubuntu has recently taken up interest in getting the AMD-Xilinx Kria KR260 working with the GNOME Wayland session. The Kria KR260 is for the recently-announced AMD/Xilinx Robotics Starter Kit.

18 July 2022 - GNOME Support For The Robotics Kit - 9 Comments
When Time Comes For GTK5, It Might Be Wayland-Only On Linux
When Time Comes For GTK5, It Might Be Wayland-Only On Linux

While GTK4 is still in its early stages and it will presumably be some years before "GTK5" even begins to take shape, GNOME developers are already thinking of ditching X11 support for that next major GTK release -- effectively making it Wayland-only on Linux.

3 July 2022 - GTK5 Might Drop X11 - 188 Comments
GNOME's Mutter Working On "Max BPC" Handling To Deal With Monitor Issues
GNOME's Mutter Working On "Max BPC" Handling To Deal With Monitor Issues

GNOME developers are working on supporting the Linux KMS "Max BPC" connector property that is supported by some of the Direct Rendering Manager drivers for limiting the maximum bits per color permitted. In turn properly supporting this setting can take care of monitor issues seen on some systems where the monitor may randomly flicker or have other issues unless otherwise lowering the refresh rate or resolution.

13 June 2022 - Fixing Monitor Issues - 6 Comments
GNOME's Mutter Variable Rate Refresh Support Closer To Being Merged
GNOME's Mutter Variable Rate Refresh Support Closer To Being Merged

Variable rate refresh (VRR / FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync) support for GNOME's Mutter compositor is closer to being merged. The native back-end support for VRR that has been in development the past two years is no longer considered a work-in-progress and it's believed there are no longer any blocking issues that would prevent this code from landing.

7 June 2022 - GNOME Mutter VRR - 46 Comments
GNOME's Mutter Moving Closer To Pure Wayland-Only Build Option
GNOME's Mutter Moving Closer To Pure Wayland-Only Build Option

GNOME's Mutter compositor has been going through some code restructuring and preparations for being able to build it without any X11 dependencies at all, for those wanting a legacy-free/X11-free GNOME desktop experience that would also forego any XWayland support.

31 May 2022 - Get Rid Of X11 Cruft - 77 Comments
Clutter Is Being Officially Retired
Clutter Is Being Officially Retired

The Clutter toolkit -- as the OpenGL-based graphics library for rendering UIs that dates back more than one decade to OpenedHand that was then acquired by Intel and notably used during the Moblin/MeeGo era -- is finally being officially retired.

17 February 2022 - Clutter Retirement - 10 Comments
GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering Can 2x The Desktop Performance For Intel Graphics, Raspberry Pi
GNOME Dynamic Triple Buffering Can 2x The Desktop Performance For Intel Graphics, Raspberry Pi

For a while now Daniel Van Vugt of Canonical has been working on GNOME triple buffering support that would be dynamically enabled when the GPU rendering performance is falling behind. It's looking like that dynamic triple buffering may be close to mainlining and is leading big speed-ups for Intel graphics and the Raspberry Pi Broadcom graphics too while the other drivers ultimately should benefit too if falling behind in their desktop rendering performance.

13 February 2022 - GNOME Triple Buffering - 108 Comments
GNOME 42 Improves XWayland Auto Termination Handling
GNOME 42 Improves XWayland Auto Termination Handling

The latest GNOME 42 feature work to mention is a ten month old merge request landing that cleans up and improves the XWayland termination for when there are no more X11 clients running within the GNOME Wayland session.

30 January 2022 - Terminating XWayland - 17 Comments
GNOME 42 Lands New Screenshot/Screencast UI
GNOME 42 Lands New Screenshot/Screencast UI

Developed during Google Summer of Code last year was an updated screenshot and screen recorder user interface. That improved screenshot/screencasting UI was merged this week for GNOME 42.

29 January 2022 - GNOME 42 Screenshots - 55 Comments
GNOME 42 Lands DRM Privacy Screen Support
GNOME 42 Lands DRM Privacy Screen Support

Now that Linux 5.17 has prepared DRM privacy screen support, the GNOME 42 is ready with its user-space side support for making use of this new standardized interface.

25 January 2022 - Privacy Screen - 1 Comment
GNOME's Wayland Session Shows Potential For Better Battery Life Than With X.Org
GNOME's Wayland Session Shows Potential For Better Battery Life Than With X.Org

While not talked about as much as raw performance and other factors, but in the recent testing of the Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen2 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 5850U, it was observed that the GNOME Wayland session by default on Ubuntu 21.10 is delivering better battery life / lower power consumption than using the GNOME X.Org session.

23 December 2021 - Wayland vs. X.Org - 63 Comments
GNOME's New Human Interface Guidelines Now Official

In recent months there has been an effort to update GNOME's Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to reflect the GTK4 toolkit and recommendations around new widgets, utility panes, and more for enhancing the accessibility of GNOME applications, arguably looking better, and just otherwise modernizing aspects of the HIG that haven't been touched in months. That updated GNOME HIG is now official.

6 August 2021 - GNOME HIG - 96 Comments

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