#143 Circle Updates

• Curated by Felix

Update on what happened across the GNOME project in the week from April 05 to April 12.

GNOME Core Apps and Libraries


The low-level core library that forms the basis for projects such as GTK and GNOME.

Philip Withnall announces

After a lot of preparation, GLib has finally achieved an OpenSSF Best Practices ‘passing’ badge, which certifies that it follows a number of development and security best practices — see https://www.bestpractices.dev/en/projects/6011

GNOME Circle Apps and Libraries


Easy to use BitTorrent client.

Felix reports

It has finally happened! The long awaited major update of Fragments is now available, which includes many exciting new features.

The most important addition is support for torrent files. It is now possible to select the files you want to download from a torrent. The files can be searched and sorted, individual files can be opened directly from Fragments.

Further new features:

  • Added torrents can now be searched
  • In addition to magnet links, *.torrent links in the clipboard are now also recognized
  • Prevent system from going to sleep when torrents are active
  • New torrents can be added via drag and drop
  • Automatic trashing of *.torrent files after adding them
  • Stop downloads when a metered network gets detected


  • When controlling remote sessions, the local Transmission daemon no longer gets started
  • Torrents are automatically restarted if an incorrect location has been fixed
  • Torrents can now also be added via CLI
  • Clipboard toast notification is no longer displayed multiple times
  • Reduced CPU/resource consumption through adaptive polling interval
  • Improved accessibility of the user interface
  • Modernized user interface through the use of new Adwaita widgets
  • Update from Transmission 3.0.5 to 4.0.5

More information can be found in the announcement blog post.

Pika Backup

Keep your data safe.

Fina reports

Pika Backup 0.7.2 was released. It fixes a crash on the schedule page. It also resolves an issue with pre- and post-backup scripts being unable to send desktop notifications.

We have already made lots of progress towards 0.8 which will focus on code maintainability and UI refinements. You can support Pika’s development on Open Collective.


Improve focus and increase your productivity by listening to different sounds.

Rafael Mardojai CM announces

Blanket 0.7.0 has been released and is available on Flathub.

This new release features a redesigned user interface and uses the latest GNOME design patterns.

Other changes include:

  • Inhibit suspension when playing
  • Pause playback if the system enters power saver mode
  • MPRIS: Implement Play, Pause and Stop methods in addition to PlayPause
  • MPRIS: Implement Next and Prev methods for navigating presets
  • Updated Pink Noise sample
  • Changed train sound
  • Added preference to always start on pause

Third Party Projects

Krafting announces

Hello! This week I released SemantiK. It’s a word-game where you need to find a secret word, similar to Cémantix or Semantle. The default language model is in French, but you can use and import your own !

It is available on Flathub

xjuan says

New Cambalache stable version released! The app ui is now made with Cambablache and Gtk 4! Read more about v 0.90.0 at https://blogs.gnome.org/xjuan/2024/04/06/cambalache-0-90-0-released/

alextee announces

The GTK4/libadwaita-based digital audio workstation Zrythm has released its last beta version v1.0.0-beta.6.7.32 in preparation for a release candidate!

More info on our website. Zrythm is also available on Flathub


A pure wayland shell for mobile devices.

Guido reports

Phosh 0.38.0 is out:

Phosh now handles devices with rounded display corners better and supports count and progress indicators in lock screen launcher entries. On the compositor side we now handle always-on-top and move-to-corner keybindings and the on screen keyboard squeekboard got a whole bunch of layout improvements.

There’s more. Check the full details here


mwu reports

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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!