A Look At Some Of The Feature Plans For GNOME 3.26

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 3 April 2017 at 08:00 AM EDT. 14 Comments
Last week when writing about the release schedule for GNOME 3.26, one of the first questions was about what features are coming to this next installment of the GNOME desktop.

While the GNOME 3.26 development cycle is still very young, below is a look at some of the features being talked about for GNOME 3.26. The list was made by looking at various individual program roadmaps, developer blogs, and more. The list is far from extensive and some of these items may not end up getting completed in time for the September debut of GNOME 3.26, but as of now this is a look at what's planned. As the GNOME 3.26 development cycle progresses, we should get a better understanding of what will make the cut for GNOME 3.26.0.

- GNOME Photos wants to support zooming, importing images from cameras / memory cards, and support for uploading images directly to social media networks.

- GNOME Games is hoping for PlayStation game detection, the ability to run games from a URI, controller assignment and gamepad/keyboard setup, among other improvements for this program to browse and play games on your GNOME system.

- GNOME Web (Epiphany) is planning for a reading list feature, automatically blocking dangerous websites using a safe browsing API, support for HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), improving libhttpseverywhere integration, and improved support for Firefox Sync.

- GNOME Builder 3.26 hopes to have a Debugger API and implementation for GDB.

- GNOME Calendar might add a side bar, the ability to invite people to events through integration with Contacts, and possible maps integration for showing a map of an address for an event.

- GNOME Logs wants to support log event coalescing, search provider support, and other capabilities.

- The Nautilus file manager hopes to have unit testing and feature tests support as to not break or regress this important GNOME component.

- More packages switching over to the Meson build system.

- Continued Wayland improvements.

- Among the features still being worked on toward GTK 4.0 include a new CSS parser, a new combobox widget, a container API to GtkWidget, editable labels, unified input handling, changes to clipboard handling, turning gadgets into widgets, transforms for widgets, and much more.

Stay tuned to Phoronix for the latest on GNOME 3.26 developments.
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