GTK+ 3.0 Is Just About Here
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 6 January 2011 at 12:32 PM EST. 1 Comment
Red Hat's Matthias Clasen has just announced the release of GTK+ 2.99.0 as the first beta for the forthcoming GTK+ 3.0 tool-kit release in conjunction with the much-anticipated GNOME 3.0 desktop. While the final release is nearing and there's already been several interesting GTK+ advancements in recent weeks, with GTK+ 2.99.0, there continues to be noteworthy happenings.

With GTK+ 2.99.0, the support for multiple GDK back-ends in a single library is now working. This has already been talked about on Phoronix as it now makes it possible to have support for both Wayland and X11 in a single library or also support for Quartz and X11, etc. This is a huge usability and adoption improvement especially for those two scenarios. The Mac OS X Quartz back-end has also been ported to the new GDK API with this release.

Other changes in GTK+ 2.99.0 include the CUPS print back-end sending print jobs directly as PDFs on supported CUPS setups, many bug-fixes, and work on deprecating and removing certain parts of the GTK/GDK API continue.

See the release announcement for more information.
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