#35 Software Reviews

• Curated by Felix

Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from March 11 to March 18.

Core Apps and Libraries


Lets you install and update applications and system extensions.

Philip Withnall reports

Richard Hughes has deployed some updates to the ODRS server (which stores ratings and reviews for apps in GNOME Software) which should fix submission of reviews and voting in GNOME Software, and should improve HTTP caching and download size for clients

Philip Withnall reports

Milan Crha has fixed an incredibly pervasive and annoying CI failure in gnome-software, which should speed development up: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-software/-/merge_requests/1298


An object-oriented programming language with a self-hosting compiler that generates C code and uses the GObject system

lwildberg announces

This week Vala 0.56 was released. It includes lots of new and useful features and advancements. To find out more, read the release notes.

Third Party Projects

Georges Stavracas (feaneron) announces

Boatswain, a Stream Deck controller app for GNOME / Linux, and the side project I’ve been working on for the past few weeks, was finally publicly announced. It already supports playing sound effects, start and stop streaming and recording on OBS Studio, switching OBS Studio scenes, folders, multiple profiles, and launching applications.

marhkb announces

I’ve been working on a application for Podman called Symphony for a little over a month now. At the moment it is still very much in development. So there are still a lot of missing features and certainly one or two bugs to be expected. Anyone who is interested can have a look at the repository

Bilal Elmoussaoui says

I have released a GTK4/libadwaita port of Symbolic Preview. It is a design utility that helps the designers design & deploy symbolic icons.

Mazhar Hussain says

Login Manager Settings (gdm-settings): A settings app for GNOME’s Login Manager (GDM) received a new release (v0.4). It fixes a lot of bugs, adds translations for Urdu and Dutch, adds some keyboard shortcuts and adds options to extract default shell theme, apply user’s display settings to GDM, and reset settings.

Still no prebuilt packages though (except, of course, AUR packages and an AppImage without any dependencies)

GNOME Shell Extensions

lupantano announces

ReadingStrip is a extension for Gnome-Shell with an equivalent function to a reading guide on the computer, that’s really useful for people with dyslexia.

That’s all for this week!

See you next week, and be sure to stop by #thisweek:gnome.org with updates on your own projects!