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More news is coming in GNOME 3.34 and Fedora 31

Check out the news coming up with the release of GNOME 3.34 and Fedora 31.

While not one of the districts that people often refer to beginning users, Fedora is one of the most important Linux distributions today. Powered by the all-powerful Red Hat. Fedora is the common user-focused version of the traditional server operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

news-coming-in-fedora31-and-gnome3.34 On September 17th, Fedora 31 Beta was released. GNOME verse 3.34, the newest release of Fedora, due for release in late October, is coming up with a list of hat-taking improvements and news.

GameMode Enhancements

If you don't know what GameMode is, we have already posted two articles about it here on the blog. That you can check on here and on here.

One of the major improvements made in GameMode in this release is related to how the user can know if the application is running or not. Currently the only way to know if GameMode is running through commands in the terminal. Considering that GameMode was designed for all users, not just the most advanced, it really was a problem.

The way out was to develop a extensive for GNOME Shell to indicate via a system tray icon (Which is quite curious, considering that GNOME has removed this functionality by default.) whether or not GameMode is running. In addition to the tray icon, a notification will also appear each time GameMode's status changes.

GameMode is already installed by default in Fedora. In other distributions, you need the version 1.4 or higher application for the extension to work.

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Wayland implementations.

In conjunction with GNOME, Fedora is also the main distro to deliver Wayland by default. Fedora 31 offers the ability to use XWayland on demand.

XWayland is a Wayland feature that allows X.org-only compatible applications to function. Currently XWayland runs automatically when you log in, and remains continuously running in the background. This allows an X.org-only compatible application to be started at any time.

XWayland on demand, as its name suggests, runs on demand, and only runs when an application that needs X11 to work is started.

Functionality will be available on both Fedora 31 and any other distro with GNOME version 3.34. However, it still does not come on by default in any of them. XWayland on demand is still in its experimental phase and has some bugs that need to be fixed. Like PulseAudio accidentally starting Xwayland. Even so, for those who like to try new things and are willing to help the community by reporting bugs, XWayland on demand can be enabled in Gnome 3.34 via the command below:

gsettings set org.gnome.mutter experimental-features "(…, 'autostart-xwayland')"

On Fedora 31, Wayland will still not be the default option for users with the proprietary Nvidia driver installed. The reason for this is the incompatibility of the driver in question with hardware acceleration via XWayland. As a result, many applications that depend on such functionality, such as games, may only use software acceleration. Making the use of such applications virtually impossible.

Solve this problem by doing something that the community can do on its own. Nvidia also needs to do its part, as it is its proprietary driver and closed code. Nvidia has already reported that it is working on making its driver compatible with XWayland, but has not yet released dates or deadlines.

QtGNOME enhancements.

Improvements have been made to ensure that Qt applications integrate as well as possible into the Fedora Workstation GNOME environment. Qt versions of Adwaita themes have been updated according to the original GTK versions. Also having the dark version of Adwaita fully functional in Qt applications.

Below you see an image of the Okular application without (rear window), and with (front window) using QtGNOME.

okular-no-gnome-with-qtgnome

Firmware Implementations

Very important implementations are being made in LVFS (Firmware Installation and Upgrade Manager. Developed by GNOME maintainer Richard Hughes). In addition to GNOME Firmware, the application we talked about recently here on the blog. Several hardware and peripheral manufacturers are joining community. These include Acer, which is willing to make more of its hardware compatible with LVFS.

Enhanced OpenH264

A greatly improved version of OpenH264 (Open Source version of the H.264 video compression format) will be available to users on Fedora 31. This new version includes support for the most advanced H.264 profiles, which are present in the vast majority of videos available on the Internet and even those recorded by the vast majority of cameras and cell phones today.

This way, you will no longer need to install third party repositories to be able to use the software, which you now need.

GNOME Classic Mode Polishing

GNOME Classic Mode still has many fans and users. And a group of them were consulted on what adjustments could be made to improve their experience of use. Most of the modifications were to remove some features of GNOME 3 that do not match the GNOME Classic environment. Like hot corners, and overview mode. The ability to manage the session from the lower left corner of the screen has also been added.

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GNOME Classic on Fedora 30

Better support for English speaking users

In previous versions of GNOME, such as Fedora 30, when selecting a language during installation, all packages needed to apply that language to the system were installed. However, when selecting a new language in system settings, some packages needed to be installed via the command line. In Fedora 31, if you select a new language in GNOME Control Center, all necessary packages should be installed automatically.

Enhanced Performance

Much work has been done to improve the overall performance of GNOME. The GNOME Shell and Red Hat teams have worked together for the same purpose, but in separate areas. While the GNOME Shell teams have been working on addressing the most urgent and lower-performing performance issues, Red Hat engineers have been working on longer-term, higher-moving changes.

Look on here It is the original post with the full list of improvements and implementations coming to GNOME 3.34 and Fedora 31.

What do you think of the upcoming improvements in GNOME and Fedora? Do you think they are really paying attention to the most important things, or do you think that something important has been set aside? Leave your opinion in the comments.

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