#59 Beautiful Calls

• Curated by Felix

Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from August 26 to September 02.

Core Apps and Libraries


A phone dialer and call handler.

Evangelos says

Sam Hewitt has redesigned the call display. The redesign prevents parts of the window overflowing when button labels extended to two lines (as happens in some locales). Apart from fixing the overflow it is also really beautiful \o/

Circle Apps and Libraries

Pika Backup

Keep your data safe.

Sophie announces

Pika Backup now helps with excluding files that are unnecessary to save or too large for backups. The new dialog also provides the option to exclude a single file instead of a complete folder.


Plays music, and nothing else.

Emmanuele Bassi reports

Amberol 0.9.1 is out, and available of Flathub!

  • Support for ReplayGain metadata in the audio files; Amberol allows you to automatically follow the volume recommendation for track and album if the metadata is available
  • Support for external cover art files in the same directory as a song
  • Shuffling now is more reliable, and adding songs to a shuffled playlist will not scramble the existing order
  • Lots of smaller UI paper cuts, metadata loading fixes, and translation updates

Third Party Projects


A pure wayland shell for mobile devices.

Guido says

Phosh 0.21.0 and Phoc 0.21.1 are out with lots of bug fixes and experimental support for lock screen widgets like upcoming events:


A manga reader for GNOME.

Valéry Febvre (valos) says

After several months of effort, Komikku’s porting to GTK4 and libadwaita is coming to an end.

Brave people can install the Flatpak beta version available in the flathub-beta remote.

The highlights of this new major version:

  • Refreshing of the UI to follow the GNOME HIG as much as possible
  • Library has now two display modes: Grid and Compact grid
  • Faster display of the chapters list, whether there are few or many chapters
  • Full rewriting of the Webtoon reading mode
  • Modern ‘About’ window

Many thanks to Tobias Bernard for his many design tips.


Change the look of Adwaita, with ease.

Daudix UFO reports

After more than a month of developement, we happy to announce that Gradience is now available on Flathub 🎉

Thanks to all contributers who maked it real 🚀

Some changes in v0.2.0 - v0.2.2

  • App published on Flathub (We submitted it at moment of publication last TWIG)
  • Added perferences window for managing flatpak ovverides
  • Added backup functionality for gtk.css to prevent loss of users current settings
  • Various UI improvements

You can download v0.2.0 from Flathub, or test newest versions by downloading Nightly build


A Gemini client

ranfdev reports

A new Geopard release is ready! Geopard is a colorful gemini browser. In this release:

  • Added ability to reload the current page
  • Nicer list items formatting
  • Fixed annoying bug where selecting the text would sometimes transform a paragraph into a title, temporarily
  • Fixed crash when the app theme is overridden
  • Fixed unresponsiveness when a big page is loading
  • Complete rewrite of the gemini parser to make it more robust and improve handling of edge cases

Get it while it’s hot, from flathub

Login Manager Settings

A settings app for the login manager GDM.

Mazhar Hussain announces

Login Manager Settings v1.0 beta is now available on flathub-beta remote.


Emmanuele Bassi announces

A new section has appeared in the GNOME Developers Documentation website: useful tools for GNOME contributors and application developers! Learn how to use Valgrind, Massif, and Sysprof, and if you have additional tools, feel free to contribute a page with documentation and examples.


Georges Stavracas (feaneron) announces

The GNOME implementation of the file chooser portal now remembers the last folder used by an app. This is a small improvement, but its impact and usefulness is disproportionate!

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!