GNOME 3.20 Officially Released – Comes With a Long List of New Features

GNOME is the most widely used desktop environment in the Linux community. The whole program is based on a free and open source software with coders and other contributors hailing from almost every part of the planet. Originally aimed at just the Linux operating system and its siblings, it has gradually gained friction among other OS derived from the BSD platform.

The past six months has been busy for close to a thousand volunteers, who immersively put in hours of their time to create code for the highly anticipated GNOME 3.20. The new upgrade comes with a long list of changes including support for integrated OS upgrade through GNOME, improvements to almost every core app, and support for Wayland display server. To show how much effort has been put into the new upgrade over 28,933 changes has been made to the current GNOME version.

The new upgrade is named “Delhi” to coincide with the coming GNOME.Asia event which is slated to be held in the Indian city. This is a very important date of all GNOME volunteers and other contributions as it is where discussions are made about upcoming features, new guidelines and important issues pertaining to the software.

Though the new version is officially announced by its developers, it will, at least, in some cases take months before its reaches every GNU/Linux distribution.

Each Linux distro will want to optimize the new software to fit their program and this could be perfect timing for Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus which is scheduled for release in April.

Some of the most notable features of GNOME 3.20 are:

  • Wayland immensely improved with the support of Kinetic scrolling, drag and drop,including middle-click paste.
  • Readjusted privacy controls with attention given to modes of location access for each application
    Easier and faster access to media controls
  • New shortcut overlay opening the doors for more and quicker keyboard shortcuts and better gesture learning
  • A new cross distro framework for the creation and distribution of apps including XDG-Apps which are all installable directly through the Gnome software
  • Integrated OS upgrade — which is the most anticipated and talked about feature.

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