The GNOME foundation has announced the release of GNOME 40, a major revision of the popular free desktop environment project. GNOME 40 is the first GNOME release to follow the new versioning scheme. It brings a lot of major changes including redesigned activities overview, and core applications.

The GNOME 40 highlights

GNOME 40 improved activities overview

  • The redesigned activities overview provides an easier way to navigate between applications and desktops. With the improved keyboard shortcuts, touchpad, and touch screen gestures, it provides a smoother approach to navigate around the system.
  • The weather application has been completely revamped and it shows more information now. The new design features two main views: one for the hourly forecast for the next 48 hours, and one for the daily forecast, for the next 10 days.
  • Changes in the GNOME control center include organizing region and language settings under Keyboard, Wifi pins the known networks on the top of the list.
  • Redesigned web browser
  • Improved GNOME software
  • Several enhancements the Files (aka, nautilus)
  • Enhancements on overall application look & feel, improvements to the document viewer, maps, and more.

How to try/use GNOME 40 release?

If you are using Fedora/openSUSE/Ubuntu - it is more likely that you are using a GNOME Desktop. As we know, at the moment, these distributions offers GNOME 3.38. It may take a few more months for them to update their repositories, or to ship a release with GNOME 40.

If you are so curious to try GNOME 40, you may checkout the below options

GNOME 40 screenshots

The below screenshots are taken from GNOME website.

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