Smarter Window Snapping is Coming to GNOME Shell

Smart half-window tiling is headed to GNOME Shell and Mutter. The improved feature lets you tile windows to available width (not an arbitrary 50%) and, better still, lets you resize both windows at the same time just by resizing one or other.

Now, being fairly new to GNOME Shell, I’m not sure whether these ‘features’ are strictly new, as it seems there are various GNOME extensions and a hidden shortcut key that may/may not let you do similar things.

But having smarter window tiling not only built-in to GNOME but so easily discoverable is, certainly for me, a boon.

After the introduction of the possibility to resize tiled windows, it is a sensible decision to make windows aware of their tiling match. A tiling match is another window that is tiled in such a way that is the complement of the current window, Georges writes in an update to a bug from 2011 than requests smarter window snapping in GNOME.

Read more:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/06/smarter-window-snapping-coming-gnome-shell

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Patrick


Ubuntu 18.04 LTS To Drop Default Unity Desktop, Will Switch Back To GNOME

In a shocking development, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth just announced that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ditch Unity 8 and ship with GNOME desktop environment by default. He also said that Canonical is ending its investments in phone and convergence shell development.

After a couple of Alpha and Beta releases of Ubuntu 17.04, which were called “boring” by many users, Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth just dropped a big bombshell.
In a blog post, which is shocking in many regards, Shuttleworth announced that Canonical is making some big changes and ending its investment in Unity 8. That isn’t all. Canonical will also ditch the phone and convergence shell.

As a result, Ubuntu will switch back to default GNOME desktop environment for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which is slated to arrive next year.

Here are his exact words:

I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Shuttleworth further said that Canonical will continue to produce the “most usable open source desktop in the world.” He also added that the company will continue to work on maintaining the existing LTS releases and work with the partners to innovate.

Shuttleworth said that his convergence vision was wrong and perceived as fragmentation. He also iterated that Ubuntu IoT and cloud story is excellent and Canonical will continue to focus on them.

He ended his post by calling it a very difficult decision on a personal level.In a shocking development, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth just announced that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ditch Unity 8 and ship with GNOME desktop environment by default. He also said that Canonical is ending its investments in phone and convergence shell development.

Read more:

https://fossbytes.com/ubuntu-18-04-lts-gnome-default/

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Patrick


GNOME 3.24 Released

Hurrah! GNOME 3.24 is now available to download.

The latest stable release of the open-source GNOME desktop, GNOME 3.24 brings a number of new features and improvements to the proverbial table, including one that might even help you sleep better!

Night Light
As highlighted in our list of the best new features in GNOME 3.24, Night Light is a built-in blue light filter for the GNOME desktop.

Similar to apps like Redshift, Night Light detects the sunrise and sunset of your location and reduces the amount of blue light emitted by your laptop or PC screen in the evenings — potentially helping you sleep better and reduce eye strain.

Read more:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/03/gnome-3-24-released-new-features

Posted on March 27, 2017 by Patrick