The Most Popular GNOME & KDE Happenings Of 2015
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop on 30 December 2015 at 07:38 PM EST. Add A Comment
Continuing on with our other year-end looks, here are lists of the most popular GNOME and KDE desktop happenings of the year.

First up, here's a look at the ten most popular GNOME stories on Phoronix for 2015. GNOME made much progress this year on Wayland support, app sandboxing, UEFI firmware updating, and other features.

GNOME's Mutter Updated For Latest Wayland Support
For those wishing to experiment with the latest Wayland technologies, short of running the Weston compositor, the bleeding-edge development GNOME stack continues to serve as an excellent alternative with quickly adopting support for new functionality.

Features To Hopefully Look Forward To In GNOME 3.20
With GNOME 3.18 quickly approaching its release, our attention will soon turn towards GNOME 3.20 for release in March of next year.

Three Things That Annoy Me With Using GNOME 3
At the beginning of this month I wrote how I switched back to Fedora Linux on my main system to replace Ubuntu and also wrote about changes I made when installing Fedora 21 on my main system, a new ThinkPad ultrabook with Broadwell processor. There's three small things that annoy me the most though about using GNOME 3.x.

Phoronix Reader: "GTK3 Kills Support For KDE"
It was the subject line of a news tip this weekend...

Screenshots Of The GNOME 3.16 Changes
Over the past few months on Phoronix have been dozens of articles concerning the state of GNOME 3.16. For those wanting a visual walkthrough of the GNOME 3.16 changes, Matthias Clasen has provided a nice screenshot overview.

Improvements On The Way For GNOME's Nautilus File Manager
GNOME 3.18 is shaping up to be another super exciting GNOME 3 update. Aside from GTK+ improvements, better Wayland support, and various other additions being worked on for GNOME 3.18, there's also significant improvements planned for the Nautilus file manager.

The Better Looking Window Decorations For GNOME 3.16
With the GNOME 3.16 series, Mutter uses GTK+ for drawing all window decorations regardless of using client-side decorations, and there's also many other GTK+ improvements.

GNOME 3.20 Feature Planning Heats Up
With the feature-rich and polished GNOME 3.18 arriving tomorrow, GNOME 3.19 development will quickly kick off in leading up to the GNOME 3.20 release next March.

The First Fully-Sandboxed Linux Desktop App Is...
The GNOME-aligned open-source crew working on sandboxing Linux applications has made progress and they do have their first application sandboxed.

Features To Look Out For With GNOME 3.16
While GNOME 3.16 isn't set to be released until March, there's a number of exciting features building up for this next desktop release and if you're ambitious you can test them now with the GNOME 3.15.x development releases.

KDE made much progress on their Wayland support, refining their icons, improving the Plasma 5 desktop stability, and on enhancing a variety of other KDE applications. One of the KDE apps that immediately comes to mind in thinking about 2015 were the improvements to the Kdenlive non-linear video editor.

Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be The End Of The Road
While tensions appeared eased yesterday between the Ubuntu and Kubuntu camps with Jonathan Riddell stepping down from his leadership roles, that may not be the end of the story.

Shashlik: A New Way To Run Android Apps On Linux
Shashlik is an "Android Simulated Environment" to serve as a launcher for running Android applications on a conventional GNU/Linux distribution.

KDE's KWin Just Became A Proper Wayland Compositor
Martin Gräßlin just shared that with the forthcoming KDE Plasma 5.4 update, KWin will serve as a proper Wayland compositor!

There's Rapid Progress Being Made On KDE For Wayland
KDE on Wayland has been making a lot of progress recently to the point that it's becoming usable and with KDE Plasma 5.5 it looks like it will be in very good shape.

Kubuntu's Release Manager Calls It Quits
After Jonathan Riddell lost his leadership roles relating to Ubuntu, the future of Kubuntu became quite vague for after Kubuntu 15.10. Riddell has announced now that he's leaving Kubuntu.

Krita 2.9 Released, Their Biggest Release Ever
Krita 2.9 was released today and it's this open-source graphics program's biggest release yet. Krita 2.9 represents over eight months of work and with this release comes many new features.

KDE's VDG Continues Making Design, Icon Improvements
KDE developers part of the Visual Design Group (VDG) who are meeting in Randa, Switzerland right now have made more progress on beautifying the KDE desktop.

Wayland & Other Tasks Being Worked On For KDE Plasma 5.4
Now that KDE Plasma 5.3 was released this week, KDE developers are starting to plan out and work on the new material intended for KDE Plasma 5.4.

Fiber: Yet Another Web Browser For Qt/KDE
Ken Vermette has been developing a new open-source web browser for KDE that he's calling Fiber.

KDE's Breeze Icons Get Expanded For Plasma 5.4
For those wondering about the latest work done by the KDE Visual Design Group (VDG), they have more beautiful icons coming for Plasma 5.4.
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