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GNOME will have two Outreachy interns conducting a series of short user research exercises

We are happy to announce that GNOME is sponsoring two Outreachy internship projects for the May-August 2024 Outreachy internship round where they will be conducting a series of short user research exercises, using a mix of research methods.

Udo Ijibike and Tamnjong Larry Tabeh will be working with mentors Allan Day and Aryan Kaushik.

Stay tuned to Planet GNOME for future updates on the progress of this project!

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GNOME will be mentoring 8 new contributors for Google Summer of Code 2024

We are happy to announce that GNOME was assigned eight slots for Google Summer of Code projects this year!

GSoC is a program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. A number of long term GNOME developers are former GSoC interns, making the program a very valuable entry point for new members in our project.

In 2024 we will mentoring the following projects:

  • “Add TypeScript Support to Workbench” by Angelo Verlain Shema, mentored by Sonny Piers
  • “Port Workbench demos to Vala, build a new Workbench Library, and replace the current code search” by Bharat Tyagi, mentored by Sonny Piers
  • “Improve Tracker SPARQL developer experience by creating a ‘web IDE’ for developing queries” by Demigod, mentored by Carlos Garnacho
  • “Papers’ small screen and touch support for mobile and tablet” by Markus Göllnitz, mentored by Pablo Correa Gomez
  • “More durable synching for FlatSync” by Mattia Formichetti, mentored by Rasmus Thomsen
  • “Port libipuz to Rust” by pranjal_, mentored by Jonathan Blandford
  • “Improve Tracker SPARQL developer experience by creating ‘web IDE’ for developing queries” by rachle08, mentored by Carlos Garnacho
  • “Add support for the latest GIR attributes and gi-docgen formatting to Valadoc” by sudhanshuv1, mentored by Lorenz Wildberg

As part of the contributor’s acceptance into GSoC they are expected to actively participate in the Community Bonding period (May 1 – 26). The Community Bonding period is intended to help prepare contributors to start contributing at full speed starting May 27.

The new contributors will soon get their blogs added to Planet GNOME making it easy for the GNOME community to get to know them and the projects that they will be working on.

We would like to also thank our mentors for supporting GSoC and helping new contributors enter our project.

If you have any doubts, feel free to reply to this Discourse topic or message us privately at


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GNOME is participating in Outreachy! (May to August 2024)

The Outreachy organizers have approved GNOME to participate in the current round of Outreachy!

The GNOME Foundation is interested in sponsoring 3 internship projects for the May to August cohort.

@mentors If you are interested in mentoring, please discuss project ideas in our Project Ideas repository.

  • Feb. 23, 2024 is the deadline for mentors to submit new projects.

@interns Initial applications for the Outreachy May 2024 to Aug 2024 internships are due on Jan 29 at 4pm UTC:

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Updates on our internships administration

For the past few years I have been managing GNOME’s participation in the Google Summer of Code and Outreachy internship programs. As a former alumni myself more than a decade ago, I believe these programs are a fundamental tool to onboard new contributors to our community and to provide opportunities for contributors to learn and join a thriving open source community. While I enjoy part of this management role, I am still a developer, and some of the internship activities are really energy/time consuming. So I have been looking for ways to improve that.

During my term as a Board member, the Board established the concept of committees, to extend the Board’s responsibilities and to solidify the Board’s position of governance and oversight. See

Before my Board term ended, I proposed the creation of yet another committee: the Internship Committee. My goal was to increase the visibility of our internship efforts within the Board so that committee members have the resources and support they need to coordinate the programs. See

Now the Board has voted to approve the creation of the committee! This means that now the Board will always have a liason member dedicated to facilitate the communication between the Board and the internship administrators. This also means that now the Internship Committee has more formal responsibilities, such as the ones defined on the committee charter. The committee already has multiple community members and is working towards improving our processeses.

Another step I wanted to take was to produce a documentation for the internship administration processeses so that we eliminate the bus factor and have also a easy time onboarding new admins.

I just pushed the initial version of the Internship Admin guide, containing also my personal collection of templates for communication with interns, mentors, program organizations, etc… This allows for community members to improve the processes themselves all in once place. A lot of the templates I wrote need update and rewording (contributions are welcome).

And, while we are at it, don’t forget that we are gathering ideas for GSoC and Outreachy internships for 2024. Visit to learn more.

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#2 Another update on GNOME Settings

For the past months since my last update our project has been thriving with active contributors and positive interactions in our issue tracker and chat channels. As we land changes we often forget to talk about them, so this blog post is a small summary of the visual changes we have landed lately in Settings (in no particular order).

None of these changes are final and are subject to modifications before the stable GNOME 46 release. In addition to the items listed here, we have landed numerous bug fixes, tweaks, and non-visual changes. While the descriptions are brief, you can click on the links for more information and context.

New “System” panel, a Google Summer of Code project

Gotam Gorabh worked on this project during the summer of 2023. This panel groups “Region & Language”, “Date & Time”, “Remote Desktop”, “About” and will contain more system-level settings in the future.

Merged the “Removable Media” and “Default Apps” panels into the “Apps” panel

We have been working towards reducing the number of panels and grouping settings when that makes sense. Removable Media and Default Apps settings are similar to what we expose in the “Apps” panel and this makes related things easier to find.

An About dialog

After some discussions we decided to land the About dialog as it is not visually distracting where it is, and it gives us an opportunity to thank the volunteers involved in developing, translating,  documenting, designing the project.

Performance improvements in the Appearance panel

This panel has had some long lasting issues with its startup speed and lag when resizing. @velsinki has done great work identifying the issues and proposing changes that improve things significantly.

Lots of updated tooltips, mnemonics, HIG compliance UI changes

There are contributors doing drive-by merge-requests where they fix some missing tooltip, add a useful mnemonic, fix some sentence capitalization, etc… every detail matters. I appreciate this!

Multiple dialogs ported from deprecated GtkDialog to newer API

Most Settings panels spawn dialogs for specific settings, and a lot of those historically were using GtkDialog APIs that got deprecated. Various ports to newer APIs have landed lately.

Use of modern libadwaita AdwSpinRow, AdwEntryRow, etc…

The same way our dialogs are getting ported to new API, there are multiple instances of custom widgets that get easily replaced by modern libadwaita widgets. The result is often a much better polished widget and less code to maintain. Win-win.

Add “disable while typing” touchpad option

Updated Wacom illustration style

Improved status pages

Improvements in the “Saved Wifi-Networks” dialog

Notifications: don’t list system services

Other than that, there are other interesting merge-requests in the review queue and individuals working in features and bugfixes for the upcoming 46 release.

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Andrea Veri (GNOME’s Infrastructure Team Lead) has recently installed the WordPress ActivityPub plugin to our instance. This means that now GNOME Foundation members who have a GNOME blog can configure it to be followed in the fediverse.

Just go to your blog’s dashboard and check Settings -> ActivityPub. You can configure to have as a Mastodon address for your blog feed. This way users could follow and comment on your blog posts directly from Mastodon.

There are a few other benefits to it, and you can find more in Jiri Eischmann’s recent blog post.

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It’s time to propose project ideas for Google Summer of Code 2024!

Hey folks! At the end of January 2024 organizations will be applying for GSoC and Google expects us to have a preliminary list of project ideas. This list should be accessible to the public and will help them evaluate our organization’s application to participate in the program.

So if you have plans to mentor in GSoC 2024, now is the best time to propose project ideas and start discussing them with possible co-mentors and other community members. Visit our project ideas repository to get started.

For other information about GSoC with GNOME, visit

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GNOME will have two Outreachy interns working on implementing end-to-end tests for GNOME OS using openQA

We are happy to announce that GNOME is sponsoring two Outreachy internship projects for the December 2023 to March 2024 Outreachy internship round where they will be working on implementing end-to-end tests for GNOME OS using openQA.

Dorothy Kabarozi and Tanjuate Achaleke will be working with mentors Sam Thursfield and Sonny Piers.

Stay tuned to Planet GNOME for future updates on the progress of this project!

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Project blogs are now welcome on Planet GNOME!

Historically Planet GNOME is the go-to place for those interested in following up with the work of GNOME community members, but with the rise of social media platforms and the downfall of blogs (and RSS feeds), one would think that feed aggregators would follow the path of losing popularity within our community too. Surprisingly that doesn’t seem to be the case for Planet GNOME.

In a poll recently made by Emmanuele Bassi in GNOME’s Discourse, the Planet was well ranked in the list of answers to the question “How do you find what people are working on?”. Conversations in the GNOME Hackers chat channel also led to this conclusion.

Given how useful Planet GNOME still is to our community, I think we should spend some time giving it some love and continue evolving the platform.

A historical “editorial” choice of Planet GNOME was to only include personal blogs. This was decided before I became an editor. The rationale was that this is a community space and by linking people to what they write, we are nurturing a community that puts people first. After all, GNOME is all about its people!

On the other hand, was designed to be the go-to place for more formal/impersonal/institutional communication. In practice that didn’t work out so well as the website never reached as broad of an audience as Planet GNOME.

Also, as projects started to create their blogs (such as the Shell blog, GTK blog, etc…), people started to work around the editorial choice by adding multiple author feeds to the same blog. I think this seems to strike the right balance between personal and institutional communication.

So to help information spread broadly in our community, I (wearing my Editor hat) decided to lift this restriction. Now we started accepting project blogs too. Recently we added the Vala Blog, Accessibility Blog, and Flathub Blog. File an issue if you write for a GNOME related project blog that you wish to see on Planet GNOME.

While we are at it, interesting conversations are happening intending to improve the overall Planet GNOME experience and reach. Ideas and suggestions are being discussed in Discourse and you are welcome to join the conversation!

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An update on GNOME Settings

There’s no question that GNOME Settings is important to the overall GNOME experience and I feel flattered to share the responsibility of being one of its maintainers. I have been involved with Settings for almost a decade now but only in the last few months I have  started to wear the general maintainer hat “officially”.

That’s why I am compelled to update our community on the current state of the project. Settings is also co-maintained by Robert Ancell who has been doing great work with reviews and also helping us improve our code readability/quality.

The last general update from Settings you might have heard of was Georges’ Maintainership of GNOME Settings Discourse post. Some of what’s written there still holds true: Settings is one of the largest modules in GNOME, and being this hub connecting the Shell, the settings daemons, network manager, portals, cups, etc… it needs more maintainers. It needs especially maintainers with domain expertise. We have a handful of active contributors doing great frontend/UI work,  but we lack active contributors with expertise in the deep dungeons of networking or color management, for example.

To tackle this issue, one of my goals is to improve the developer experience in GNOME Settings to attract new contributors and to enable drive-by contributors to post changes without struggling much with the process. For that, I kickstarted our Developer documentation. It is in an early stage now and welcoming contributions.

I also have been invested in fixing some of our historical UI consistency problems. A lot has been done in the gnome-44 and gnome-45 cycles to adopt the latest design patterns from the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines with libadwaita and modern GTK. Alice Mikhaylenko and Christopher Davis did an outstanding job with the ports to modern Adwaita navigation widgets. We also gained a new “About” panel that can condense more information that is useful especially for debugging/supporting issues. There’s still work to be done on this front especially with certain views that are currently looking a bit out of place in comparison to modern views.

Screenshot of the new "About" panel.

The new Privacy hub is a new “hub” panel introduced by Marco Melorio in gnome-45 that is our initial step towards reducing the overall number of panels.Screenshot of the new "Privacy" panel.For GNOME 46 we want to introduce a new “System” hub panel, developed by our Google Summer of Code intern Gotam Gorabh, as well as introduce a new “Network & Internet” panel that is being already worked on by contributor Inam Ul Haq. These are two epics that involve reworking some complicated panels such as the Wifi/Network and User Accounts ones. These are panels that should also see a big frontend rework in the gnome-46 cycle and that I plan to work on myself.

Also a big thank you to Allan Day, Jakub Steiner, Tobias Bernard, Sam Hewitt, and other folks doing outstanding design and UX work for Settings.

GNOME 45.0 (stable) will be released in September, shipping plenty of new stuff and bugfixes. It would be extremely helpful if you could test the latest changes and report issues and regressions in our issue tracker. GNOME Settings 45.rc has been released and should be available soon in GNOME OS and unstable/development distro releases such as Fedora Rawhide.

If you want to get involved, feel free to join our Matrix chat channel and ask questions there. I also monitor the “settings” Discourse tag, where you can ask support questions and suggest features.