The Many Mutter + Shell Improvements Coming With GNOME 3.38

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 8 September 2020 at 06:13 PM EDT. 29 Comments
With GNOME 3.38 due to be released next week, the GNOME Shell and Mutter development blog has put out their overview of all the improvements and new features to expect.

- Compositor bypass support for full-screen applications to avoid bypassing of the desktop compositing work when only displaying a full-screen game, media player, or other full-screen software. For GNOME 3.38, this only works with Mutter on Wayland.

- Split frame clock support for improving the multi-monitor experience where the displays have different refresh rates.

- Mutter screencasting improvements.

- Customizable App Grid support.

- Optional parental controls support is new with GNOME 3.38.

- Various other improvements.

There has also been performance optimizations and a lot of other work incorporated over the past six months. See more details and screenshots/demos of some of the new features via

Look for the debut of GNOME 3.38.0 with this work and much more on 16 September.
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