Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: July 24, 2017

GNOME

We’re working on adding captive portal detection to Artful. We think it would be good if there were an option in the privacy settings to enable or disable this. We’ve done some initial work as preparation – some patches have been submitted to Network Manager’s upstream to enable an option to be created. They are currently awaiting review.

ISO cleanups

Work continues to move deprecated components out of the desktop ISO and to universe. This week’s list includes indicator-application and indicator-messages.

Snaps

Updated versions of gedit, gnome-sudoku, quadrapassel, gnome-dictionary, gnome-calculator, and gnome-clocks are in the edge channel of the store now built using the gnome-3-24 platform snap and content interface.

Video & Audio

A workaround has been uploaded for GDM which was blocking the A2DP high quality bluetooth profile from being activated in the user session.

Updates

  • Libreoffice 5.3.4, with a workaround for an i386 kernel issue which had been blocking the previous version.
  • GStreamer 1.12.2
  • Evolution 3.24.2
  • The nplan autopkgtest got fixed, unblocking the network-manager update.

Unity 7

16.04 continues to be supported, and we’ve been working on some further improvements for Unity that are targeted there. In particular there are improvements currently being developed to the low graphics mode that will benefit users of low powered systems and VMs.

QA

GNOME Software has a documented test plan now.

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