GNOME celebrates its 25th anniversary with the beta release of the upcoming GNOME 43 desktop

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The GNOME project celebrates its 25th anniversary today and to celebrate its birth anniversary, the development team has released the beta version of the upcoming GNOME 43 desktop environment series for public testing.

Delayed nine days from its official release date, the GNOME 43 beta is here as the second stage of development after the GNOME 43 Alpha output, which kicked off GUADEC 2022 conference that took place last month in Guadalajara, Mexico to shape the future of the next major release of the GNOME desktop environment.

As expected, the GNOME 43 beta is packed with a host of benefits, including further improvements to web extension support and a new “Take Screenshot” context menu entry for the Epiphany web browser, the ability to for GNOME Boxes virtual machine manager to fetch recommended operating systems from remote address, support for WWAN 5G connection to control center cellular page and support for privacy screens in control center page ‘display.

The new GNOME console terminal emulator has been ported to GTK4/libadwaita and comes with improved handling of custom shells/commands, drag and drop fixes with local URIs now converted to regular filesystem paths, as well as detecting links to man pages, hotkeys, clipboard quirks, building with Clang, and various ancillary data updates.

The Calls app received improved startup times, scrolling performance against large call histories, and a “Send SMS” action in the history popup. Additionally, the Disks application received various Flatpak enhancements and the initial GNOME setup was eventually ported to GTK 4 and libadwaita.

GNOME Shell, which is the most important part of the GNOME desktop environmentnow comes with a new Quick Settings panel that replaces the combined system menu, improved on-screen keyboard, improved app grid navigation, optimized workspace background shadow, and performance overview animations.

New Quick Settings panel in GNOME 43

It also includes a new device selector for volume sliders, the ability to load only extensions that support the current session mode, support for updating extensions with only the extension manager installed , a more refined access portal dialog, and the ability to use the same format. in screencast and screen capture filenames.

On the other hand, Mutter window and composite manager received direct analysis support for GPUs without modifiers support, support for multi-monitor direct analysis, support of the single pixel buffer, ARGB fallback if XRGB is not supported, cursor visibility on X11 when using only tablets as input, and base colormap support for server-side decorations.

The GNOME 43 beta also includes the full set of default and additional wallpapers in SVG and WebM formats for better compression and resolution, as well as 4K square formats targeting both widescreen, 4:3 and portrait. Here is a short video tour!

The next stage of development for the upcoming GNOME 43 desktop environment is the Release Candidate (RC), which is scheduled for early September. Until then, you can test the GNOME 43 beta if you download the GNOME OS installer image and run it in a virtual machine with EFI support, such as the GNOME Boxes release. available on Flathub.

The GNOME 43 Beta also marks the start of the UI, Feature, and API freeze, and the String announcement is now also in effect ahead of the String freeze that begins later this month. August 27. The final release of GNOME 43 is expected on September 21, 2022.

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