A dozen GNOME hackers invaded the Red Hat office in Toronto last week, to spend four days planning the next year of work on our favourite toolkit, GTK+; and to think about how Flatpak applications can best integrate with the rest of the desktop.
What did we do?
- Worked out an approach for versioning GTK+ in future, to improve the balance between stability and speed of development. This has turned into a wiki page.
- I demoed Dunfell and added support for visualising GTasks to it. I don’t know how much time I will have for it in the near future, so help and feedback are welcome.
- There was a detailed discussion of portals for Flatpak, including lots of use cases, and the basics of a security design were decided which allows the most code reuse while also separating functionality. Simon has written more about this.
- I missed some of the architectural discussion about the future of GTK+ (including moving some classes around, merging some things and stripping out some outdated things), but I believe Benjamin had useful discussions with people about it.
- Allan, Philip, Mike and I looked at using hotdoc for developer.gnome.org, and possible layouts for a new version of the site. Christian spent some time thinking about integration of documentation into GNOME Builder.
- Allison did a lot of blogging, and plotted with Alex to add some devious new GVariant functionality to make everyone’s lives easier when writing parsers — I’ll leave her to blog about it.
Thanks to Collabora for sending me along to take part!
After the hackfest, I spent a few days exploring Toronto, and as a result ended up very sunburned.