GNOME is one of the best Desktop Environment for Linux and *nix. It’s also good choice if you need to show the Linux power for your friends: nice elegant design, good and powerful default application; very easy to use. Let’s go to news in latest release – 3.18 “Gothenburg”.
- Native Google Drive support via gfvs: file transfers, online editing and view photos
- New Calendar in GNOME style: simple design, GNOME Accounts integration, many profiles support
- New GNOME Characters Application – easy way to access to any character lists
- Massive improvements in nautilus: reworked locations panel with bigger numbers of locations and hidden elements; bookmark suggestion if the elements is moving; copying/moving progress bar; autosearch if user typing; disabled recursion search in cloud storage.
- Multi-touch Touchpad Gestures for Touchscreens: works more comfortable
- New Application: GNOME ToDo – small application to manage personal tasks. Support highlights, groups, priority, notes and time management.
- GNOME Maps now support for copying Geo URIs and various new features & bugfixes
- GNOME Web Browser is faster than previous version, some new features in web inspector
- Improvements in Polari – pastebin-like service is integrated, better first run experience, notifications and error handler
- New features in GNOME Boxes – more detailed list of OS with IP address, search filters.
- Refined scrolling – scrolls the view in one direction: press the scroll bar with the secondary mouse or touchpad button (this is the right button by default). This change has required that other scroll actions be reorganized: to scroll by one page at a time, hold Shift and click with the primary button.
- GNOME Software now support firmware updates
- A lot of new features in GNOME Builder: code auto-completion is better and now support Python, pop-up command bar, new shortcut help window, new plugin system supported (Python 3, C, Vala).
- Wayland support is also better: High-resolution display support, copy/paste and drag/drop works correctly and support XWayland <-> Wayland application, more application works in native Wayland, GTK+’s OpenGL supported.
- Many small improvements:
- sandboxed applications is officially part of GNOME Project
- Gedit has a minimap support and new plugins
- minor changes in Human Interface Guidelines
- Bluetooth settings is reworked
- some small improvements in GNOME Logs
- Evince now can display multimedia: audio and video in documents, highlight annotations have been introduced
- New style of system modal dialogs
- GNOME Web now support search in PDF viewer
- new GTK+ features: typographic features, including colored underlines, letterspacing, font features and translucent font colors
- reworked global menu
More information you can find on GNOME website.
Getting GNOME 3.18
Thanks for reading and many thanks to GNOME community for their hard work.