The GNOME Progress & Events That Defined 2014
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 28 December 2014 at 01:55 PM EST. Add A Comment
The GNOME project had a rather splendid year with significant progress made in porting GNOME's components to Wayland, adding many features to the GTK+ tool-kit, enabling OpenGL support in GTK+, and improvements to the many GNOME applications.

For those wishing to reminisce over GNOME's major events this year, here's our top ten list of most viewed GNOME news on Phoronix for 2014. This story goes along with our numerous other year-end recaps in our 365 day per year coverage of open-source and Linux news, original benchmark articles, and more with yours truly writing thousands of articles each year. Of the GNOME-specific news articles I've written in 2014, there's been 111 articles thus far, while here's the ten most popular:

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
While GNOME has been riding high lately with driving the development of its Wayland-based compositor and being the first major desktop getting there natively for most of its applications, and the overall work on the recent GNOME 3.12 release being fairly exciting, on the foundation side they are running into a budget shortfall and funds are becoming very tight within the GNOME Foundation.

Gedit For GNOME 3.12 Receives Brand New UI
Gedit 3.11.2 has been released as the latest development version of GNOME's text editor in the lead-up to the GNOME 3.12 release in March. This latest version of Gedit brings a brand new user-interface to better interface with GNOME 3's human interface guidelines.

A Look At The New Gedit GUI In GNOME 3.12
With the upcoming release of GNOME 3.12 there is a brand new user-interface for Gedit, GNOME's text editor.

GNOME Shell Lands App Folders System
Updates to GNOME Shell and Mutter have been released for this week's GNOME 3.11.4 development build in the road to GNOME 3.12.

GNOME Shell Lands High DPI Support
The GNOME Shell now has HiDPI support for scaling its user-interface on high DPI displays.

GNOME 3.12 Might Be Delayed Until Wayland 1.5
GNOME developers are looking at delaying the official release of GNOME 3.12 until the Wayland 1.5 release that should happen in April.

GTK+ Gets A New Default Theme
The latest change abound for GNOME 3.14 is a new default theme for the GTK+ tool-kit.

GNOME GTK+ Tool-Kit Gets Improvements For OS X
GTK's Quartz back-end saw some new activity yesterday to benefit GTK applications running on OS X.

GStreamer 1.4 Will Be Bringing Many New Features
GStreamer 1.4 is under heavy development ahead of its next release that's due out in March or April. Here's a look at some of the new features coming to this open-source multimedia framework relied upon by many Linux desktop applications. Among the best additions to GStreamer 1.4 is support for H.265, VP9, and Daala. Wayland is also now supported.

GTK+ In GNOME 3.12 Gets New "Popovers" Feature
The latest GTK+ tool-kit code in development for GNOME 3.12 brings a new GtkPopovers widget.
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