GNOME 40 Beta Released With Many Improvements

Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 24 February 2021 at 08:17 PM EST. 66 Comments
The beta of GNOME 40 is out today, one month ahead of the stable release of this big open-source desktop environment update.

GNOME 40 beta brings many changes including:

- GNOME Shell has landed the redesign of the overview area, out-of-date extensions are now disabled by default, and other improvements.

- Big updates to Mutter including starting XWayland on-demand, atomic mode-setting support, defaulting to the horizontal workspace layout, and more.

- Experimental support for more WebExtensions APIs, among other improvements to this GNOME web browser.

- New language features and new APIs for the GJS JavaScript support.

- Various converting improvements in GNOME Calculator (frequencies, weeks, centuries, decades, etc).

- GTK 4.1 is in with its various fixes and improvements.

- GVFS Google integration has improved performance for folders with large number of files, Shared drives folder added, and other additions.

- The Nautilus file manager has improved tab completion in the location entry, preferences dialog improvements, and more.

More details on the GNOME 40 Beta via the mailing list.
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