GNOME Circle, an initiative for apps and developers to join the ecosystem

The guys from the Gnome project unveiled recently the introduction of the initiative "GNOME Circle" which has as its main task the make it easier for third-party projects to enter the GNOME ecosystem.

Until now, join the project GNOME required a transition to the GNOME framework and compliance with development rules of the project, which was a barrier to entry into the GNOME community for developers developing personal projects.

GNOME Circle aims to change that by lowering barriers and building relationships with developers who are doing great things with the GNOME platform. To become members, projects must simply be open source software and use the GNOME platform. 

Both applications and development libraries can be applied. Projects do not need to be hosted on the GNOME infrastructure, nor do they need to follow the GNOME release schedule.

With the help of GNOME Circle, it is planned to lower the barrier to entry to the project and organize interaction with developers who develop programs based on the GNOME platform.

To become a member of the GNOME Circle, bjust develop a quality application or library that uses the GNOME platform or the GTK library, and the code is distributed under an OSI-approved open source license.

Developers joining the initiative are not required to follow the GNOME development schedule and develop on the GNOME infrastructure.

For applications, it is desirable, but not mandatory, package in Flatpak format, follow the guidelines for designing the GNOME interface and providing components for integration with the GNOME desktop (icon, desktop file, and screenshot for the application manager).

For libraries, keep it simple, follow the GNOME coding guidelines and provide documentation. GNOME Circle does not accept projects that require a Code Transfer Agreement (CLA).

Members of the GNOME Circle, in addition to promoting its development more broadly, have access to grants from the GNOME Foundation for travel and conference marketing.

Participants will also have access to GNOME services such as email @ gnome.org, blog hosting, video conferencing platform, Gitlab repository, and a Nextcloud-based repository account.

On establishing the GNOME Circle Neil McGovern, CEO of the GNOME Foundation, said:

“Independent developers are doing a great job using the GNOME platform and (with the establishment of the GNOME Circle) the GNOME Foundation is bigger than ever. We look forward to supporting you. We are pleased to be working with GNOME Circle to grow the GNOME community and build a stronger and more dynamic developer ecosystem. "

Currently 11 projects have already joined the GNOME Circle:

  • Get busy: an application that helps to obfuscate confidential data from images.
  • solanum: is a time planner that uses the pomodoro technique and that allows you to work in 4 sessions, with pauses between each session and a long pause after 4.
  • Font Downloader: This easy-to-use and customizable GTK application allows the user to find and install fonts directly from the Google Fonts website.
  • Identity: A program to compare multiple versions of an image or video.
  • PasswordSafe: is a password manager that uses the Keepass v.4 format. It integrates seamlessly with the GNOME desktop and provides a clean and simple interface for password database management.
  • Video Trimmer: cuts a snippet of a video given the start and end timestamps. Video is never re-encoded, so the process is very fast and does not reduce the quality of the video.
  • Shortwave: it's an internet radio.
  • Pika Backup: creating backups.
  • NewsFlash: it is an RSS reader.
  • Fragments: it is a BitTorrent client.
  • Apostrophe: is a markdown text editor

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it About the initiative, you can check the statement on the official GNOME website.

The link is this.


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