This month came with a lot of preparations for the release of Gajim 1.4 🚀 Gajim’s release pipeline has been improved in many ways, allowing us to make releases more frequently. Furthermore, April brought improvements for file previews on Windows.
Changes in Gajim
For two and a half years I (wurstsalat) have been writing (and translating) Gajim’s monthly development news. Keeping this up on a monthly basis takes a lot of time and effort. Upcoming development news will be released on an irregular basis, focussing on features instead of monthly progress.
It has been a while since the release of Gajim 1.3.3. But why does it take so long until a new version gets released? One of the reasons is the amount of manual work it takes to update every part of Gajim’s internals for a new release. This does not include functional changes, but only things which need to be updated (version strings, translations, changelogs, etc.) before a new version can be deployed. Note that Gajim is available for multiple distributions on Linux, for Flatpak, and for Windows, which makes releasing a new version more complicated. In order to make releases happen more frequently, i.e. reducing the manual work involved in deploying a new version, great efforts have been made:
- deployment pipelines have been established on Gajim’s Gitlab
- the process of applying Weblate translations has been integrated better
- changelogs will be generated automatically from
git’s commit history
- Flatpak update process has been simplified
There are more improvements to come, but this should already make deploying a new version much easier.
What else happened:
- Sentry integration has been improved
- libappindicator is now used on Wayland, if available
- downloading a file preview can now be cancelled
- mime type guessing for file previews has been improved on Windows
- audio previews are now available on Windows
- Security Labels (XEP-0258) selector has been improved
- improvements for private chat messages
Gajim’s OpenPGP plugin received an update with some usability improvements.
Changes in python-nbxmpp
python-nbxmpp is now ready for being deployed quickly as well.
As always, feel free to join email@example.com to discuss with us.