Gnome 41 is out: New Linux desktop with improved software store

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On Gnome 3.36 (“Gresik”) and Gnome 3.38 (“Orbis”) as well as Gnome 40, which was only released in March of this year, the developers of The Gnome Project now with Gnome 41 the latest version of Shell UX for free operating systems based on Linux and BSD. The new software store is also one of the highlights.

First revision of the new edition

With Gnome 40, the developers provided a new desktop with a fundamentally revised user interface and a new generation of the graphic program library on which the Shell UX is based GTK in version 4, which also brought a new versioning with it.

After Gnome 41 had already been tried out as a beta since the end of August, the final version of the open source desktop has now officially been released, currently with KDE Plasma 5.23 and Xfce 4.16 as well as the Cinnamon 5 known from Linux Mint 20.2 for the favor of Linux users .

In the last survey of the ComputerBase community, Gnome was in second place behind KDE Plasma.

New store and “Performance Boost”

With version 41, the main focus was in particular on the completely redesigned software store, a revised panel for multitasking and numerous optimizations that are supposed to bring about a “performance boost” through a “significantly” thinned-out program code.

Almost every part of software has been polished or improved in some way. This includes redesigned settings, more attractive layouts in the installed and updates views, better OS upgrade banners, and much more.

GNOME 41 also includes a fresh batch of performance boosts. Mother, GNOME’s window manager, has also undergone a “significant code cleanup”.

GNOME 41 – Release Notes

The official Release Notes also list improved power settings and the Connection app, a simple remote desktop client. In addition, apps like “Music” received an update and the file manager nautilus new tweaks.

  • Revised power settings in GNOME 41

    Revised power settings in GNOME 41 (Image: The GNOME Project)

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    The theme used is the “Adwaita” design, which is displayed in the standard “Morning”, “Day” or “Night” variant, depending on the time of day, and which can be adapted to the user’s exact daily routine using the optional night mode with blue filter.

    GUI is rendered faster

    The GUI toolkit GTK4 also received a new GL renderer, which should do its work much more efficiently than its predecessor. A short introductory video by the developers provides further information and first impressions.

    In a twelve-minute review, the Linux and Open Source YouTube channel “The Linux Experience“The new Linux desktop and its feature set was presented in detail just a few hours after the release of Gnome 41 and gave his personal assessment of the” redesign “of Gnome.

    Download and compile or wait

    Of the Source code of Gnome 41 can already be downloaded from the project page on the GitLab developer platform. The free desktop should also appear in the repositories of the popular Linux distributions that already have Gnome 40.x in their sources.

    With Gnome 41.1, the first point release of the desktop is already in the starting blocks and should appear on October 30th.

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