Members of the elementary OS team attended this year's GNOME User And Developer Conference (GUADEC). The conference gives developers a chance to show off what they are working on and plans for changes to the GNOME desktop and related technologies. Some of the key elements discussed on the elementary blog are enhanced Flatpak features and session management components being migrated from GNOME into systemd. "Red Hat and GNOME engineer Daiki Ueno shared future improvements to the 'secrets' API that manages things like passwords and encryption keys in GNOME, elementary OS, and other desktops. He focused specifically on the implications of sandboxing with Flatpak, and how a new version of the API could be designed for this more secure future. Much of the content was above my level of knowledge, but it was encouraging to see some of the remaining questions around Flatpak being actively worked on, and this is work that will benefit elementary OS in the future. Red Hat engineer Benjamin Berg and Canonical engineer Iain Lane shared their work with moving much of the session management out of GNOME Session and into systemd. This is an area we've begun exploring in elementary OS, but it was good to hear about their experiences, some cool side-effects, and issues they had to overcome."
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