Default App: Onboard

Didier Roche didrocks at
Mon Aug 21 07:08:32 UTC 2017

Le 20/08/2017 à 13:27, Jeremy Bicha a écrit :
> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:16 AM, Francesco Fumanti
> <francesco.fumanti at> wrote:
>> The adaption of Onboard to GNOME Shell has been our focus since the announcement of Ubuntu switching to GNOME for 17.10. For the reasons outlined by marmuta in this thread, a full integration of the python based Onboard into GNOME Shell seems very difficult, if not impossible.
> Thanks for the updates!
>> In the meantime, OnboardOSK is quite usable on X, but not yet in Wayland, which brings me to the question, whether Ubuntu 17.10 is also going to use Wayland as default?
> Yes.
>> We will not be able to offer a proper release before feature freeze on the 24th of august. What does this mean for Ubuntu 18.04? Will it be possible to have OnboardOSK become default again for Ubuntu 18.04, which is a LTS, if it has not already been the default on-screen keyboard in 17.10?
> Yes, there is a possibility that OnboardOSK could be used by default
> for 18.04 LTS, even if Onboard is dropped from the default install for
> 17.10.

Let's be honest though; moving to Caribou will make it less likely to 
set a new brand codebase (as this is basically a rewrite from what I got 
to C and C++) for the LTS, especially if we decide for Caribou and it 
works well for our users.
>> Moreover, as OnboardOSK being a fork from Onboard, I wonder whether it has to go through the Universe and Main inclusion process?
> It must go through the new queue if it has new binary or source
> packages. It will probably need to go through a MIR process if it
> needs to be in Main but it should be simpler than a brand new MIR.

Not really, if the code is all new due to this port, it needs a proper 
full code rereading.

To come back to Caribou: how does it handles fcitx (as I think upstream 
is focused on ibus), maybe we should link that one to the decision on 
fcitx vs ibus?


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