Gnome

A pop­u­lar desk­top for Linux sys­tems with more than 800 ac­tive devel­op­ers be­hind it.

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“Gnome 3.30 is an evo­lu­tion­ary re­lease with a col­lec­tion of small changes that en­hance the over­all user ex­pe­ri­ence. ”

De­spite the fact that the Linux au­di­ence is split into sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of the Gnome Shell’s de­sign, there’s no doubt that this is the most ac­tively de­vel­oped desk­top for Linux.

Gnome is backed by Red Hat and Canon­i­cal, and en­joys wide adop­tion by Fe­dora and Ubuntu users, along with many other dis­tros. The new Gnome 3.30 is an evo­lu­tion­ary re­lease with a col­lec­tion of small changes that en­hance the over­all user ex­pe­ri­ence. Tak­ing the lat­est ver­sion of Gnome for a spin is straight­for­ward, be­cause the of­fi­cial project web page sug­gests down­load­ing demo ISOs that are based on Fe­dora Rawhide and openSUSE Tum­ble­weed.

There are quite a few things that we en­joyed in Gnome 3.30, par­tic­u­larly the per­for­mance im­prove­ments in the main desk­top shell. The Gnome JavaScript com­po­nent (GJS) now uses the lat­est Spi­derMon­key 6 en­gine and con­sumes fewer re­sources. In gen­eral, the new Gnome doesn’t seem to leak mem­ory in a long ses­sion any­more. It feels snap­pier and more fluid, even when mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions are run­ning at once and dozens of win­dows are spread among its workspaces.

The im­prove­ments con­tinue. Boxes now sup­port RDP and al­low for seam­less re­mote ac­cess to Win­dows ma­chines, the stock web browser (Epiphany) now has a read mode, the Soft­ware Cen­ter is now ca­pa­ble of up­dat­ing Flat­paks (though this is a very Fe­do­ra­cen­tric fea­ture) and there are lots of re­fine­ments in Games that will in­ter­est those into retro gam­ing. Devel­op­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the new auto-com­ple­tion en­gine and in­ter­ac­tive tooltips in Builder, the Gnome’s IDE.

We were im­pressed by the amount of pos­i­tive changes in this re­lease. The Gnome desk­top gets a lot of care and at­ten­tion and feels pol­ished. As usual, though, it’s still rec­om­mended that you spice it up with ex­ten­sions, ap­ply more sen­si­ble win­dow man­age­ment and maybe some extra in­di­ca­tors. For in­stance, the Dash to Dock panel has seen its 64th re­lease right be­fore Gnome 3.30. It’s avail­able along with other ex­ten­sions at https://ex­ten­sions.gnome.org.

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