A Look At The Exciting Features/Improvements Of GNOME 3.22

Written by Michael Larabel in Software on 20 September 2016. Page 2 of 2. 38 Comments

GNOME Games can do much more and becoming more useful for managing games on the GNOME desktop.

Mutter underwent some changes for working on multi-DPI rendering for coping better with multi-head systems where there may be a HiDPI monitor(s) and other connected displays that are not. Mutter also now supports NVIDIA's video RAM robustness extension and another highlight is virtual input device support.

GNOME Photos 3.22 brings initial sharing support.

GUPnP 1.0 finally happened after ten years.

Various other improvements like a lot of usability work on GNOME Calendar (it can finally handle alarms!) and GNOME Music (it's no longer slow as heck!). While backported to older GNOME stable series, GNOME Maps now uses Mapbox as its tile provider and new is support for horizontal map wrapping. GNOME Web/Epiphany was also improved; but my number one GNOME bug personally remains that ad-blocking is enabled by default... My second annoying issue would be that Nautilus seems to again have abandoned (or hidden well) the editable location/path option. GNOME Books has initial support for ePub file format. The DConf Editor also has a complete rework of the user-interface.

Not all is dandy though with some features missing out for GNOME 3.22 such as the GTK Scene Kit that now won't happen until GNOME 3.24 and another big letdown is the GNOME Control Center hasn't switched to its new user-inteface by default for this cycle. But hey, it's just features to look forward to in early 2017 with GNOME 3.24.

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