GNOME 3.32 Beta Released With Performance Improvements, Last Minute Features
The brief GNOME 3.32 beta announcement can be read on the mailing list while the highlights of this release come down to:
- The DConf utility has been rewritten in C.
- The Epiphany "GNOME Web" web-browser has received animation improvements, a setting to control hardware acceleration, a new design for the security popover, CSS styling improvements, various scaling improvements when running on small form factors, tab menu improvements, and other refinements.
- The Gedit text editor has switched over to Meson with dropping its Autotools support. The Flatpak and Snap versions of Gedit now also come with gedit-plugins support.
- API improvements to GJS.
- GLib-Networking has added an OpenSSL back-end to obsolete the former glib-openssl code. This is an alternative to the default GnuTLS back-end and primarily geared for embedded devices and other select cases.
- The GNOME Boxes virtualization software now uses host-pass-through as the default CPU mode.
- GNOME Initial Setup now generates default user account pictures.
- GNOME Shell has better icon grid performance, among other performance fixes.
- GNOME Software now shows the permissions for installed Flatpaks and permissions on updates. There are also many GNOME Software fixes throughout.
- GNOME Weather has moved over from Autotools to Meson.
- Mutter picks up support for buffer transforms with its Wayland back-end, improved performance for secondary GPUs, EGLStreams fixes, improved render performance for KMS devices with software OpenGL, and other enhancements.
- More apps dropping the App Menu support now that the concept has been deprecated.
If all goes well, the release candidate will be out a month from today while GNOME 3.32.0 will premiere on 13 March.