GNOME 3.20, the Right Desktop, LibO Designing

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 24, 2016

The top story today was the release of GNOME 3.20, sure to be the next default desktop in several distributions. Elsewhere, the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a new project for "activism and organizing" and Red Hat stock slips today. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols offered some tip for choosing the right desktop and Bruce Byfield released his new LibreOffice book.

The big story today must be the release of GNOME 3.20. Everybody covered it and lots of bloggers expressed their joy. Matthias Clasen made the official announcement this morning on the GNOME Announce mailing list saying, "This release brings significant improvements to many of our core applications." The GNOME project covered the release as well highlighting some of the improvements:

* OS upgrades can now be installed using Software
* Wayland support has improved significantly
* New shortcut overlay windows
* Privacy controls have been improved
* Access media controls directly from the shell
* Searching in Files has been much improved
* Builder can now build XDG-App
* Simple photo editing in Photos
* Refined fonts and core app improvements

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols posted a new formula for finding the "perfect Linux desktop." He said to ask yourself, "What do you want to use Linux for? Once you know that, everything else is easy." He suggested ChromeOS for cloud dwellers, Ubuntu for those who want simple-to-use, and Mint with Cinnamon for Windows refugees. He also addressed developers and those looking for fun.

Bruce Byfield announced his new book, "Designing with LibreOffice," today at It's available for sale in paperback or a free download under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. He explained the background and the thinking behind the endeavor and provided a link to the book. It's not strictly a how-to book, but there's plenty of that in there. Be sure to check that out.

In other news:

* Linux Foundation pours funds into R language

* Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Falls 4.19%

* Launching the Electronic Frontier Alliance