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GNOME 41 Desktop Environment Released, Download Now

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GNOME 41 Desktop Environment Released, Download Now, After six months of development represented by the release of desktop environments GNOME 41 . For a quick assessment of the capabilities of GNOME 41, specialized live builds based on openSUSE and an installation image prepared as part of the GNOME OS initiative are offered . GNOME 41 is also included in the experimental build of Fedora 35 builds .

What’s New in GNOME 41 :

  • The possibilities for setting energy consumption have been expanded. The ability to quickly change the power consumption mode (“power saving”, “high performance” and “balanced settings”) is provided through the system status management menu (System Status). Applications are given the ability to request a specific power consumption mode – for example, performance-sensitive games may request activation of high performance mode. Added options for setting the Power Saver mode, allowing you to control the dimming of the screen, turning off the screen after a certain period of user inactivity, and automatically turning off when the battery is low.

  • The interface for managing the installation of applications has been redesigned, which simplifies navigation and search for programs of interest. The application lists are presented in the form of more descriptive maps with a short description. A new set of categories has been proposed for dividing applications by topic. The page with detailed information about the application has been redesigned, in which the size of screenshots has been increased and the information content of information about each application has been increased. Also, the design of the settings and lists of already installed programs and programs for which there are updates has been redesigned.
  • A new Multitasking panel has been added to the configurator (GNOME Control Center) for customizing window and desktop management. In particular, in the Multitasking section, options are provided for disabling the call of the overview mode by touching the upper left corner of the screen, resizing the window when dragging it to the edge of the screen, selecting the number of virtual desktops, showing desktops on additionally connected monitors and switching between applications only for the current one. desktop by pressing the combination Super + Tab.
  • A new Mobile Network panel has been added to manage the connection through cellular operators, select the type of network, limit traffic when roaming, configure modems for 2G, 3G, 4G and GSM / LTE networks, and switch between networks for modems that support inserting multiple SIM cards. The panel is shown only when connected to a modem supported in the system.
  • Included is a new Connections application that implements a client for remote desktop connection using VNC and RDP protocols. The app replaces the remote desktop functionality previously offered by Boxes.
  • The design of the GNOME Music interface has been redesigned, in which the size of the graphics has been increased, the corners are rounded, the display of musicians’ photos has been added, the playback control panel has been redesigned, and a new screen for viewing album information with a button to go to play has been proposed.
  • The composition includes an interface for making calls to GNOME Calls, which, in addition to making calls through cellular operators, added support for the SIP protocol and making calls via VoIP.
  • Optimized interface performance and responsiveness. In a Wayland-based session, the speed of updating information on the screen has been increased, and the reaction time for key presses and cursor movements has been shortened. In GTK 4 involved a new rendering engine based on OpenGL, which has reduced power consumption and speed up rendering. The codebase of the Mutter window manager has been cleaned up to improve its efficiency and simplify maintenance.

GNOME 40 comes to Debian 12 “Bookworm” GNU Linux, Download for Testing

  • Improved reliability and predictability of multitouch gesture handling.
  • In the Nautilus file manager, the dialog for managing compression has been redesigned, the ability to create password-protected ZIP archives has been added.
  • The planner calendar now supports importing events and opening ICS files. A new tooltip with information about the event has been proposed.
  • Epiphany browser has updated built-in PDF viewer PDF.js and added YouTube ad blocker based on AdGuard script. In addition, enhanced support for dark design, improved handling of freezes when opening sites, and accelerated pinch zoom operation.
  • The calculator interface has been completely redesigned, which now automatically adapts to the screen size on mobile devices.
  • Added support for categories in the notification system.
  • GDM now has the ability to launch Wayland-based sessions even if the login screen is X.Org-based. Allowed to use Wayland sessions for systems with NVIDIA GPUs.
  • The gnome-disk uses LUKS2 for encryption. Added a dialog for configuring the owner of the FS.
  • The dialog for connecting third-party repositories is returned to the initial setup wizard.
  • GNOME Shell provides support for running X11 programs using Xwayland on systems that do not use systemd for session management.
  • GNOME Boxes adds support for playing audio from environments connected to which VNC is used.

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