GNOME 3.28 is the latest version of GNOME 3 and the result of a” 6-month ” effort by the GNOME community. It contains extensive new features, along with minor improvements and bug fixes. In total, the release contains 25,832 changes made by approximately 838 contributors.
GNOME 3.28 is named “Chongqing” after the team behind GNOME.Asia 2017. GNOME.Asia is the official annual summit in Asia, which is held only thanks to the efforts of local volunteers. This year’s event was held in Chongqing, China, and we would like to thank everyone who was responsible for the success of the event.
Choose what’s important to you
GNOME 3.28 simplifies the process of organizing information that is important to you, with two new features. In the files section, you can now add asterisks to folders and files. Once they are entered, you will be able to quickly view the rated folders from the sidebar.
Also in the favorites section was added to the contacts app. There, the most popular contacts will be at the very top — convenient if you often contact certain people.
Organizational application improvements
In Gnome 3.28, the organization applications have been improved. Improvements include:
- In Clocks, you can now add the UTC time zone to the world time.
- The Contacts app allows you to sort by first name or last name. It also has a new keyboard shortcut window and a number of interface improvements.
- In Calendar, the view of the months has been improved. Events are presented in a more readable form, and it is now possible to independently enlarge the grid so that it will fit on the event.
- Weather information has been added to the Calendar app, so you can now view the forecast next to events.
- To Do has an improved design for viewing tasks, which allows you to easily change the order of the last ones using drag and drop.
In GNOME 3.28, there is now much more beautiful! First, the base font of the GNOME interface (called Cantarell) has been heavily updated. The shape of the characters and the space between them have been changed in the direction of readability and beauty. Added several new indicators: light and extra bold. They are used to create both beautiful and modern interfaces.
The list of other pleasant things for the eye includes a collection of wallpapers for the desktop, to which a number of extremely colorful photos were added, and a larger number of pictures for the profile-the list of pictures has increased significantly.
New features of Boxes
Boxes, a GNOME application for using remote and virtual machines, has received a number of new features and improvements in 3.28. One of the major improvements is the automatic download of operating systems, directly from the new box assistant. To create a VM, all you have to do is select the operating system and Boxes will do the rest for you.
The new version also makes it easier to transfer files between your computer and virtual machines. To transfer files, you can either drop them directly into the Boxes window, or select Send Files and select the files to transfer using the File selector. In both cases, Boxes provides feedback on the transfer process, so that you will know the transfer time, as well as when the process will be completed.
Multimedia and Entertainment properties
In GNOME 3.28, it’s much more pleasant to operate with media and entertainment. Most of the changes relate to the Photos section. It has a new ability to import from devices, which allows you to add photos to the collection from media such as SD card and USB. This feature automatically detects devices that contain new images, and also allows you to organize images into albums during the import process. Additional improvements to Photos include new editing tools for shadows, highlights, and performance improvements.
Other media and entertainment improvements:
- Videos now plays MJPEG files.
- In Music, you can reorganize a playlist using Drag&Drop.
- Games, the GNOME app for retro and console games, has a new CRT filter designed to create an effect like on older TVs. Improved the shaking of the gamepad.
New on-screen keyboard
In 3.28, the GNOME on-screen keyboard was completely rewritten and can now be used with greater ease. The new keyboard is automatically activated as soon as you select a typing zone. The typing area itself is conveniently pushed back so that you can see the print result. There are many layouts available for different languages.
Usage is a new GNOME application that was introduced in Technical Preview 3.28. The new application is designed to simplify diagnostics and resolve performance issues. The initial version includes the ability to view the CPU and memory consumption. Problem areas are highlighted, which makes it easier to find problems.
Usage also allows you to view how the hard drive is being used. The interface marks the common sources of used disk space that can be cleared — the trash or temporary files.
Usage will be developed, for example, there will be added the ability to view the network, power and data usage.
Extended device support
The current release of GNOME has improved device support. Most importantly, 3.28 has built – in support for Thunderbolt 3. The top panel displays information about Thunderbolt 3 activity, as well as the availability of the connection.
Other device improvements:
- All touchpads now have gesture recognition by default as an additional click (like the PCM on the mouse). To use the gesture, hold one finger on the touchpad and tap with the other finger. In most cases, this leads to the activation of an alternative action. The choice between the two behaviors is available in the Tweaks app.
- Information about the charging level of Bluetooth devices with low power consumption is now displayed. The battery level is displayed in the Power settings, and an alert alerts you when the battery is low.
And that’s not all…
As usual, there are still many small improvements in this release of GNOME. Here are some of them!
- App categories in Software now look different and can be sorted by name and rating.
- Also in Software, the Software Sources dialog box has been improved and renamed to Software Repositories. The new version provides a more reliable and obvious overview of the repositories. The window also allows you to enable, disable, and delete each of the repositories.
- Fonts, a new version of the GNOME font overview, allows you to view additional information about each of the system fonts, namely the style, version, and copyright.
- Variable fonts is a new type of font that allows you to dynamically adjust the density, rather than just having a bold or extra bold type preset. The GNOME Font Selector supports this font type and allows you to customize its properties when selecting a font. The font selector also has an improved list. Now you can search for fonts by name.
- When you click on a place in Maps, an image is displayed, if it is in Wikipedia.
- The terminal also received its own list of improvements, which includes a redesigned settings window. Now it combines the former Preference and Profile Preference windows. Other improvements include support for double, wavelike, and colored underscores, blinking text, and the ability to change the discharge of lines and letters.
- Belarusian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Ukrainian dates are now displayed in the correct grammatical form.
- The dconf editor has been greatly improved : the layout of lists and search results has been updated, and technical improvements have been made.
- When Settings is started, the last panel shown is displayed, which greatly simplifies life if you frequently request the same parameters.
GNOME 3.28 has a lot to offer developers and is translated into many languages.
How to get GNOME 3.28
GNOME is free software; all code is available for download and can be distributed or improved. To install it, we recommend waiting for the official packages provided by your developer or distribution. Popular distributions will provide open access to GNOME 3.28 soon, and some have already done so.
About GNOME 3.28
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