GNOME 41 Alpha released with many desktop changes piling up

The GNOME Project released today with its first alpha version of the upcoming GNOME 41 desktop environment.

GNOME 41 shouldn’t be released until September, but there are already many merged changes for GNOME “41.alpha” in addition to the usual translation updates and bug fixes. Some major components like GNOME Shell and Mutter did not release their 41 Alpha versions in time for the official release, but among the changes to be found in the official NEWS entry for GNOME 41 Alpha includes:

– Epiphany web browser now uses smaller address bar font in narrow mode, address bar drop down list now supports various filters, updated PDF.js, web process is now killed when ‘unresponsive for too long, new keyboard shortcuts, and other improvements.

– Evince Document Viewer has discontinued browser plug-in support.

– Gedit text editor now enables default OpenLink plugin, various GTK widget changes and other updates.

– GJS has better stability.

– GNOME Boxes now supports audio playback over VNC connections for this virtual machine viewer as well as other enhancements.

– GNOME Calculator has reworked its user interface.

– GTK Toolkit 4.3.1 has many fixes, support for EGL on X11 and other improvements.

GNOME 41 Alpha source downloads and more information via the broadcast list.

The GNOME 41 beta is expected around this time next month, the candidate version of GNOME 41 in early September, and then the official release of GNOME 41.0 on September 22.

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