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Fracturing Fractal

Last week my employer Purism allowed me to attend the Fractal hackfest in Strasbourg. There we chatted about the future of Fractal and of the messaging applications Purism needs for the Librem 5.Fractal will have two split: a "vertical" split, separating the frontend of Fractal from its backend so we can have a shared Matrix backend;a "horizontal" split, separating Fractal into two applications communicating with the Matrix backend:one focusing on public rooms where you chat with strangers and most messages are noise for you (this application will be very similar to current Fractal),the other focusing on private conversations with few persons where you want to read everything and which will also support SMS.Also, hackfests are hard. 🍺😶

Adaptive GNOME Web

I started working on making GNOME Web work well on the Librem 5; to be sure it fits a phone's screen I want the windows to fit in a 360 points width, which is definitely small. To do so I started with the advices from Tobias Bernard to make Web have two modes that I named normal and narrow. The normal mode is Web as you know it, while the narrow mode moves all buttons from the header bar but the hamburger menu to a new action bar at the bottom, letting the windows reach yet unreachable widths. Web autmatically adapting to small sizes. And now, with device rotation on a tablet. The code is overall ready, I still need to break it into reviewable bits before submitting it upstream.Once this get merged:we want to not show tabs in narrow mode and instead to display a popover listing the available pages,we want to make the search bar shrink rather than to limit the minimum window size,we consider migrating away from the application menu model.A quick layout test of the pages popover. P.S.…

One Widget to Adapt Them All and to The Librem 5 Port Them

In my previous article I shared my plans to help porting existing GTK+ applications to Purism's upcoming Librem 5 phone without having to fork them. This article will present the GTK+ widget I developed for Purism to make this happen.For more information on what Purism is working on for the Librem 5, please check Nicole Faerber's latest article.C'est pas sorcierThe underlying idea is to allow applications to dynamically switch between the two main GNOME application layouts: a row of panels — each panel being the view of an element from the previous one — and a stack of panels. The goal isn't to changes applications using the stack paradigm but the ones using the row one, allowing them to reach smaller sizes and to be usable on constrained sizes while keeping their initial paradigm and design when the screen space is sufficient. The development cost to port the applications to this adaptive design should be as low as possible.To achieve that, I wrote a GTK+ widget which…

GTK+ Apps on Phones

As some of you may already know, I recently joined Purism to help developing GTK+ apps for the upcoming Librem 5 phone.Purism and GNOME share a lot of ideas and values, so the GNOME HIG and GNOME apps are what we will focus on primarily: we will do all we can to not fork nor to reinvent the wheel but to help allowing existing GTK+ applications to work on phones.How Fit are Existing GTK+ Apps?Phones are very different from laptops and even tablets: their screen is very small and their main input method is a single thumb on a touchscreen. Luckily, many GNOME applications are touch-friendly and are fit for small screens. Many applications present you a tree of information you can browse and I see two main layouts used by for GNOME applications to let you navigate it.A first kind of layout is found in applications like Documents, I'll call it stack UI: it uses all the available space to display the collection of information sources (in that case, documents), clicking an element from t…