The 35th stable update for the free and open-sourced GNOME 3.30 desktop environment was released on 5th September, as announced by Gnome News. The release came just after the six months of the release of GNOME 3.28. GNOME 3.30 offered introduction of some major latest features, new applications and included small improvements here and there. All of these features were aimed at helping improve the way users use their desktop. Some of the main features in GNOME 3.30 included a faster GNOME Shell Desktop, new look to GNOME file manager Nautilus, a new desktop app known as Podcasts, automatic Flatpak Updates and a new ‘reader mode’ feature.
Now it looks like development at GNOME is not going to stop any time soon as the release schedule for GNOME 3.32 has already been announced by GNOME Wiki. According to this release news, GNOME 3.32 is set to be released on Wednesday, 13th March 2019. The news stated, “GNOME 3.31.x is an unstable development series intended for testing and hacking purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status, so this unstable 3.31.x series will become the official 3.32 stable release.”
It doesn’t come as a surprise as GNOME generally issues new releases once in March and next in September. There are three key dates added in GNOME calendar – GNOME 3.32 Beta 1 to be released on February 6th 2019, GNOME 3.32 Release Candidate on 6th March 2019 and GNOME 3.32.0 Stable Release on 13th March 2019. After the stable release, a point release is scheduled to appear a month later and GNOME 3.32.1 will be released on 10th April 2019.
Expected Features in GNOME 3.32
It is yet unknown what exact features will be included in GNOME 3.32, however according to rumors at Omg Ubuntu it is possible that it will be a rather interesting release. Further Wayland improvements are also possible to be there with more on GTK 4.0, finessing of Flatpak and core GNOME app. Also, some UX and UI-related changes will also be there. There was a preview of redesigned GNOME icon theme in July feature and new lock and login screens. It is possible that GNOME 3.32 will include all these.