Development on WxFixBoot 3.0.0 has started! and other news.

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I posted, but I have some exciting news to share πŸ™‚

WxFixBoot 3.0.0 is now in development!

This will be the next major version of WxFixBoot, complete with Python 3.x support! There will be a few new features for this release as well as bug fixes, but the main focus isΒ Python 3 support for the future. A lot has already been done:

  • Lots of refactoring.
  • Obeying the Python Style Guide everywhere in the source code.
  • Getting the test suite and all of that working again with the new refactored code.
  • Switch to using the new GetDevInfo module, instead of the in-source package I used to use.
  • New artwork!

There is a lot more to do yet, but I should have a Python 3-ready test build out relatively soon, which will be good. Some of the upcoming work is:

  • Fixing some (low-importance) grub2 issues on Fedora.
  • Refusing to do bootloader operations on EFI systems if the EFI partition wasn’t found.
  • Making the filesystem check feature more smart about which disks it tries to check.
  • Using policy kit to launch privileged processes, rather than running the whole GUI as superuser.
    • This also aids support on Wayland.
  • Add an update checker, like in DDRescue-GUI 2.0.0.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and there is always more to do, but those are the main new features planned for WxFixBoot 3.0.0 :).

In other news:

This website is now mobile-friendly!

While part of it was always mobile-ready, like this blog, the rest of the website didn’t display well on mobile. Recently, I pushed some updates to the site so it now looks really nice on mobile, so go have a look if you like πŸ™‚

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Note that some bits, like the web documentation, are auto-generated and don’t display well, but I will hopefully be able to fix this sometime in the future.

That’s all from me for now, but watch this space because there are more posts coming soon πŸ™‚

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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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