Matthias Clasen had the pleasure of announcing last week that the first Beta of the upcoming GNOME 3.10 desktop environment was made ready for download and testing from the usual places.
GNOME 3.10 Beta 1 brings lots of updated core components and libraries, as well as various improvements to basic applications. Many bugs have also been fixed, and several translations updated.
Therefore, the GNOME 3.10 Beta 1 updates the following main applications: Anjuta, Bijiben, Cheese, Devhelp, Evolution, File Roller, Gedit, GNOME Boxes, GNOME Chess, GNOME Clocks, GNOME Documents, GNOME Maps, GNOME Photos, GNOME Weather, Orca, Rygel, Vinagre, as well as many games like GNOME Klotski, GNOME Mahjongg, GNOME Robots, GNOME Tetravex, GNOME Sudoku, Five-or-More, and Four-in-a-Row.
The following core components and basic GNOME applications have been updated in this first Beta release of GNOME 3.10: ATK, Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer), Caribou, Empathy, Evince, GDM, Glib2, GNOME Contacts, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Dictionary, GNOME Disk Utility, GNOME Font Viewer, GNOME Online Accounts, GNOME Screenshot, GNOME Session, GNOME Settings Daemon, GNOME Shell, GNOME System Monitor, GTK+, GuPnP, GVFS, Mutter, Nautilus, PyGobject, Yelp, and other libraries.
Many of the aforementioned packages have detailed articles on Softpedia, so read them if you want to know what's new in each one. Also, you can read the entire GNOME 3.10 Beta 1 raw changelogs, here and here.
The next development release will be GNOME 3.10 Beta 2, which should be available for download and testing sometime at the end of this week, followed by the Release Candidate version on September 18, 2013, and the final version of GNOME 3.10 on September 25, 2013.
Download GNOME 3.10 Beta 1 sources right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.