It’s GNOME board elections time! Community members can apply to become GNOME Foundation directors, and the process is quite easy, it’s just about sending an email to two mailing lists. We can improve on the number of participation though, and having a good amount of applicants is important for having a healthy foundation - the more applicants there are, the more likely that different views, skills and working areas are represented.
Desktop icons just had a new release! Plenty of good things went in: Sergio fixed the “Open in Terminal” menu item not opening in the desktop folder, and also made the files appear from top to bottom, left to right, that more users were used to. Also, we discovered that the settings panel wasn’t getting translated, so Sergio fixed it too and now all translations are in place. We had another developer contributing too, Andrea Azzarone.
Last week I attended DrupalCon in the lovely city of Seattle invited by Tim, the executive director of Drupal. Our plan was to have a panel discussion about the tooling we use in FOSS organization such as GNOME, Debian, Drupal, etc. Specially since we recently transitioned to GitLab. The panel discussion was between Tim himself, Alex Wirt from Debian, Eliran Mesika and Tina Sturgis from GitLab and me. We were 5 out of 9 featured speakers!
I remember some time ago discussing with someone from GNOME how important is to make a good issue report, the conclusion came along the lines of “I have 10 seconds to read per issue, if the issue is not well done it’s most likely I won’t have time to read it”. It’s true most of us are focused on doing actual code, after all it’s what most of us enjoy and/or what we are paid for.
So it’s finally here, desktop icons release candidate for 1.0 is available now! This means that all the features we wanted for 1.0 are implemented and we freeze the implementation of new features. Now we will focus on polishing and removing noisy or unnecessary stuff in the UI, fix weird behaviours and UX, fix bugs, etc. What’s new? Tons of stuff! We added multimonitor support, HiDPI support, renaming of files, thumbnails support, DnD between files on the desktop, better rubberband selection… Honestly, more than I thought we could do.