GNOME 3 Is Soon Turning Five Years Old: How Are You Liking It?

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 17 January 2016 at 09:39 AM EST. 63 Comments
Come April it will be five years since the release of GNOME 3.0. The GNOME desktop has certainly evolved a lot since going back to GNOME 3.0, but what do you think of it?

I was wary of GNOME 3 at first, but after several releases, it's been running great and I'm back to using GNOME on many test systems at Phoronix. In fact, last year when switching from Ubuntu to Fedora on my most critical system, also marked the move back to using GNOME as my main desktop environment. Since GNOME 3.12 or so I've been quite happy with the experience and with GNOME 3.16~3.18 it feels really rock solid.

Meanwhile, GNOME 3.20 is due out this March. Besides having more spit and polish to the GNOME 3 stack, there are a few new features, but perhaps of most interest to Phoronix readers would be the further matured GNOME Wayland support.

As a whole, at least from my perspective, GNOME 3 is certainly on the right track these days. Quite some time ago now there was some talk about GNOME 4.0 but to date it still looks like GNOME 3.x still has a long, eventful life ahead.

This weekend feel free to share your thoughts on the current GNOME 3.x stack with us by commenting on this article in our forums.
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