While the GNOME desktop environment has its fair share of detractors, there are some who appreciate its simplified approach, so the recent release of the latest version is an eagerly anticipated event.
Version 3.2 isn’t likely to win back those who jumped ship when 3.0 was released; it isn’t a resurrection of the 2.0 branch, but it does bring some new improvements that will be welcome.
GNOME 3.2 offers stable support for Wayland. Although it’s still early days, reports indicate that it should be stable for most day-to-day usage. For those who prefer mature technology, 3.2 still will work under X11.
A major part of the release is an updated version of GTK+. GTK+ 3.20 brings a number of improvements that will be felt outside GNOME, as GTK+ is a cross-platform toolkit used in plenty of applications. This includes other desktop environments, such as Cinnamon and MATE.
Besides improved Wayland support, GTK+ improvements include drag-and-drop support, notifications, simplified CSS styling for UI elements and native file choosers on Windows.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht