Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: GNOME Fixes & New Snaps

I’ll be starting the weekly round-up posts again now that the release is out and 18.04 is getting under way. At this early stage in the development cycle we’re spending a week or so tidying up the loose ends from 17.10, SRUing the important fixes that we’ve found, getting ready to sync new packages from Debian, and generally doing the groundwork to give us a clear run at 18.04. As you know, 18.04 will be an LTS release and so we will be focusing on stability and reliability this cycle, as well as a few new features. I’ll give a more detailed view into 18.04 in the coming weeks.

So, what’s been going on this week? You can read the full minutes of our weekly meeting here, but here’s a quick overview…

GNOME

  • Helped fix a crasher in GNOME Shell extensions.
  • Helped fix a crasher in the GNOME online accounts panel in settings
  • Fixed a crasher in the Printing indicator
  • Prepared updates to 17.10 to fix AppIndicators for Qt apps disappearing after suspend/resume & Control Center crashing to to dock settings panel.
  • Wrote patches to allow XWayland to report core dumps
  • Wrote patches to improve font rendering in GNOME Shell panels
  • Fixed a memory leak in Mutter
  • Helped add generic sandboxed app support to Mutter

Snaps

  • New LibreOffice and Chromium snaps are available for testing
    • https://plus.google.com/+OlivierTilloy/posts/irsoC1hp7q7
    • https://plus.google.com/+OlivierTilloy/posts/Mh3Pdgw8KhL

In The News

The Inquirer on 17.10

ZDnet on 17.10

The Register on 17.10

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Will leads the team working on the Ubuntu desktop at Canonical. He has a diverse background originally specialising in data networks and global communications systems and has provided consultancy to clients such as BT, Verizon, Inmarsat and Schlumberger. Will has been using and contributing to Ubuntu since 2005 and in 2015 he was recognised as an Ubuntu Member. He has three kids, plays golf badly and is a member of The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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