GTK Developers Continue Firming Up Their Long-Term Toolkit Plans
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 1 September 2016 at 09:09 AM EDT. 13 Comments
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Earlier this summer at a hackfest of GTK+ developers they came up with a plan for GTK4 and beyond with reworking how they'll do long-term stable releases. With GNOME/GTK+ 3.22 approaching, they are firming up their plans.

Being published today via the GTK+ blog is Versioning and long term stability promise in GTK+. Hit that up if you want all the details about it.

The goal of their long-term stable releases is to make the GTK+ toolkit more predictable and reliable while not slowing down on future GTK+ improvements.

The post authored by Allan Day goes on to explain, "The introduction of long-term stable GTK+ releases is designed to ensure that GTK+ strikes a good balance between each of these audiences. In particular, application developers will have access to a stable platform which nonetheless provides access to new GTK+ features that have been developed during the 3.x series, such as CSS styling, touchscreen support, HiDPI displays support, Wayland support, new widgets, the GTK+ inspector, and more...GTK+ will continue to publish major, minor and micro releases. New major versions will be released once new features have stabilised, which is expected to be roughly every 2-3 years."

GTK+ 3.22.x will be the last release of the 3.x series.

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