FOSS Roundup #3 - Back at it with Xubuntu
It’s time for another Weekly (okay, almost) FOSS Roundup! Last week I was busy rolling out my new website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head over to bluesabre.org and take a look! This week has been relatively quiet overall, but there are still some important library and application updates.
The GTK Clutter library has been retired
Clutter has been an integral component of GTK and GNOME for many years now. It enables hardware-accelerated features such as video and animated interfaces. It’s used by Mugshot for the camera feed and was at one time the preferred video display solution for Parole Media Player. As of GNOME 42, it will be archived and will receive no future updates.
OBS added official Flatpak support
OBS Studio 27.2 added official Flatpak support! OBS has been available as a Flatpak and Snap for several years now. With this release, the Flatpak version comes closer to being a standard supported way of installing and using OBS.
libinput 1.20.0 was released with various improvements
libinput, the X- and Wayland- compatible input library arrived this week with improvements to high-resolution wheel scrolling, better support for drawing tablets, and better recognition of joysticks and gamepads (which it doesn’t manage).
Early support for GTK 4 and libhandy in Greybird
Simon popped in early this week and started adding support for GTK 4 and libhandy to Greybird. This will make numerous apps including GNOME Software look a lot better for Xubuntu 22.04. If you want to give it a spin, check out the Pull Request below!
I'm back to daily-driving Xubuntu
After nearly a year-long hiatus, I’m back to using and developing on Xubuntu 22.04! Getting up and running wasn’t without its hiccups though. Hardware support and GRUB gave me a few headaches.
What I'm working on...
With my new site out of the way and Xubuntu development machine back up and running, I’ll be focused on Xubuntu for the next week. I’m hoping to get some traction on the LTS wallpaper contest (more info soon). I’m also planning to knock out some more Xubuntu documentation updates.
Thanks for reading!
I asked on Twitter what the most important thing you’re looking forward or or would like to be fixed in time for Xubuntu 22.04. Feel free to chime in, or if you’re really eager, start contributing! You can find details on how to get started on xubuntu.org/contribute.
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See you next week with some more Linux and Open Source news!