The big news this week is the availability of Bionic daily ISOs.
As always, we’re beavering away on the desktop:
We’ve started a conversation on the GNOME mailing list to talk about locking down extensions which are part of a “mode” (a set of compulsory extensions and other settings). Ubuntu ships a mode to implement the default session – with some extensions including the Ubuntu Dock. Should an update to one of these extensions be published elsewhere, for example on extensions.gnome.org, the session will use the updated extension. It’s intended that these come from the system and are subject to the distribution’s QA processes – there is obvious potential for breaking a lot of systems if this isn’t followed. Our proposal is to always load the system installed version of a mode’s extensions. We have a proof of concept patch to enable this which is being tested.
We’ve rebased the Ubuntu dock on Bionic and uploaded it.
Fixes for blurry fonts and Xwayland crash dumps and system monitor have landed upstream:
A security fix for zesty for a lockscreen bypass issue when auto-login is enabled was released.
We’ve created a snapd interface to allow access to GNOME Online Accounts, and this will allow us to package confined apps which need to access G-O-A. This is still in testing, but we will make an announcement when it’s ready for user testing.
Some news from last week as well:
A fairly short update this week, as we’ve been doing more tidying up in preparation for starting the 18.04 cycle. We had a mini-sprint in London to make sure our Trello board for the 18.04 cycle included everything we needed it to. You can view the board here. And you can see there are already a lot of tasks on there!
Some brief desktop updates from the last week:
We found and fixed a bug with desktop theme support in snaps on 17.10 and made some other improvements to the desktop helpers so that XDG directories appear correctly in the file picker, and we backported some Artful fixes to the GNOME 3.26 platform snap.
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