User-Facing Features Coming To GNOME 3.10
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 29 May 2013 at 11:04 PM EDT. 24 Comments
Many user-facing features coming to the GNOME 3.10 desktop are starting to see the light of day. Here's some of them.

We already know that GNOME 3.10 will see better Wayland support. There's also been some advancements to GNOME Shell and Mutter. Now being deep into GNOME 3.9/3.10 development, more features are reaching a workable state.

Matthias Clasen out of the GNOME camp at Red Hat has written on his blog about some of the now-visible features to the current GNOME 3.9 development series in the road to GNOME 3.10 stable in September.

With GNOME 3.9.2 due out this week, some of the features worth pointing out include:

- GNOME Music. This is a new GNOME application for playing music, but it isn't yet on par with GNOME's Rhythmbox or other music players.

- GNOME Maps is another new GNOME application. The GNOME Maps program isn't really useful yet beyond loading maps and showing the current location.

- The Gitg program for viewing Git repositories within GNOME has been rewritten in Vala and is getting a new appearance for GNOME 3.10.

- The Bijiben note-taking application will be more feature-complete in GNOME 3.10 after its introduction last cycle.

- The Totem multimedia player is getting visual improvements to its UI for 3.10.

- The GNOME Shell status area is getting a visual refresh.

Other proposed features are talked about on the GNOME Wiki. Stay tuned to Phoronix for our GNOME 3.9/3.10 development coverage in finding out what features get completed.
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