GNOME has released version 3.37.90 which serves as the first beta version towards the upcoming stable release GNOME 3.38, which is code-named “Orbis” in recognition of the most recent GUADEC, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While GNOME remains one of the most popular desktop environments used by major Linux-based operating systems like Ubuntu and Fedora, with GNOME 3.36 “Gresik” as the current stable release, which made debut on March 11, 2020.
The first beta, GNOME 3.37.90 marks the start of new UI, and API freezes in preparations for the stable release v3.38 scheduled for September 16, 2020 release.
What’s New in GNOME 3.38 Orbis?
The first beta version has a lot of core packages updated and new GNOME apps to add new enhancements and fix bugs, such as the gsettings-desktop-schemas 3.37.2 which enabled USB protection by default, gnome-calendar 3.36.2 moved calendar events out of the notifications list.
Also, GNOME shell 3.37.90 has added a number of new features, for instance, not installing updates on low battery as default, “Boot Options” support in restart dialog, and the moving of the “Restart” option to a separate menu dialog. With the upgraded GNOME intial setup module now including a revamped welcome screen and adapted language page.
Additionally, the Epiphany (GNOME Web) web browser will now allow self-hosted sync servers and also, stores HTTP auth passwords in a password manager, and GNOME Maps has an improved keyboard navigation for routing entries and adaptive UI for the routing sidebar. You can check out this page for all the new features and improvements on all packages for GNOME 3.37.90.
How to Get Started with GNOME 3.38?
If you wish to give GNOME 3.38 a spin before its official release, you can get the beta version GNOME 3.37.90, with the virtual machine image now available for download.
You can also compile to GNOME 3.37.90 using its BuildStream project snapshot or the source package.