The GNOME conference happened last week with good representation from Ubuntu. The spirit was good and the discussions constructive. Decisions were made, details can be read on https://didrocks.fr/2017/08/03/ubuntu–guadec-2017-and-plans-for-gnome-shell-migration/
We’re preparing to make the changes described above in the coming weeks, that means that the GNOME Shell Ubuntu session is going to transition to this design in the next few days. Didier will be posting a series of blog posts next week on how this all works as they are landing. The vanilla upstream GNOME session will also emerge from this work. And we’ll link to the posts in next week’s newsletter, but keep an eye on social media for up-to-date information.
We’ve resurrected the “power off” option when the power button is pressed. This will appear in GNOME Control Center 3.25.90.
You might have seen this screenshot earlier in the week:
We’re testing some patches to Chromium 60 in Artful to enable video acceleration and we’re seeing roughly a 50% saving in CPU overhead when using VA API. In the screenshot above playing the video without acceleration is on the left and playing with acceleration is on the right. The CPU is Haswell. There are still more bugs to fix, but we’re making progress.
In Pulse Audio we’ve dropped some more patches for Android support (from Ubuntu Touch) bringing us more inline with upstream. This will make maintenance easier and should reduce the chance of bugs cropping up from our patches.
Our patches to add enabling and disabling of the Network Connectivity Checker are in review upstream. This will eventually add a toggle switch in the privacy settings of Control Center to allow you to turn on/off the connectivity checker. We should be able to distro-patch these into Ubuntu soon before they appear upstream, and then drop the patches once they are available upstream.
We’re including the Rhythmbox “Alternate Toolbar” by default in 17.10, this brings a tidier user interface
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