Desktop

Deepin desktop environment

The Deepin desktop environment has been updated to version 15.11, up from version 15.9 in Fedora 30. Notable changes include:

New features

  • The window manager is now deepin-kwin due to smaller memory consumption and better performance.

  • Deepin File Manager supports burning ISO images to CD/DVD discs.

  • The dock displays the battery icon and when users hover over, it shows capacity and the remaining time.

This release also contains numerous bug fixes and improvements. For full information, see the upstream release notes.

Those interested in contributing to Deepin in Fedora are encouraged to contact the Deepin Special Interest Group.

Firefox now uses the Wayland back end in GNOME

In the GNOME Wayland session, Firefox now uses the native Wayland display back end by default. The benefits of the native Wayland back end are:

  • Faster user interface

  • Better support for HiDPI displays, respecting the desktop scale factor

  • Smoother font rendering

This change affects Firefox only in the GNOME Wayland session. In all other environments, Firefox still uses the X11 or XWayland back end. This includes:

  • The GNOME X11 session

  • The KDE Plasma desktop environment, both the Wayland and X11 session

  • All other Wayland or X11 desktop environments and window managers

Note that the Adobe Flash plug-in does not work in the Wayland back end.

If you need to use Adobe Flash or Firefox with the X11 back end on GNOME Wayland, install the firefox-x11 package.

Qt applications now use the Wayland back end on GNOME

Applications with a Qt user interface now use the native Wayland display back end in the GNOME Wayland session. Qt applications in other Wayland environments have already used the native Wayland back end since the previous Fedora release.

The benefits of the native Wayland back end are:

  • Faster user interface

  • Better support for HiDPI displays, respecting the desktop scale factor

  • Smoother font rendering

Xfce has been updated to 4.14

The Xfce desktop environment has been updated to the latest upstream version, 4.14.

The changes in this release include:

  • The desktop environment has been ported to the GTK 3 toolkit. GTK 3 applications are now better integrated in Xfce.

  • The xfwm4 window manager now supports HiDPI displays and the VSync feature.

  • The Xfce settings provide a new dialog for managing color profiles. This enables color-managed printing and scanning and monitor color profiles.

  • The display settings now support saving and restoring multi-display configurations.

  • The session manager now supports hybrid sleep.

  • The notification service can now log notifications, and supports Do Not Disturb mode.

  • A new screensaver integrated with Xfce has been introduced. The screensaver replaces the XScreenSaver application.

For a more complete list of news in this release, see https://xfce.org/about/news/?post=1565568000.