The GNOME Project announced a few minutes ago, January 26th, the immediate availability for testing of the fourth development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.4 desktop environment, which brings various fixes and improvements.With a delay of one week, the GNOME 3.3.4 desktop environment is ready for testing and it brings updates to main components, such as GNOME Bluetooth, GNOME Contacts, GNOME Desktop, GNOME Control Center, GNOME Disk Utiliy, GNOME Icon Theme Symbolic, GNOME Themes Standard, GNOME Keyring, GNOME System Monitor, GNOME Shell, GNOME Settings Daemon, GTK+, Mutter, Vala, Yelp, and Nautilus.
Apps such as Empathy, Epiphany, Eye of GNOME, Evince, Evolution Data Center, and GCalctool were also updated, along with core libraries such as GLib2, GMime, libgee, libgxps, libsoup, at-spi2-atk, at-spi2-core, cogl, gcr, gjs, clutter-gst, gobject-introspection, gtksourceview, gvfs, libgnome-keyring, yelp-tools, yelp-xsl, and Clutter.
The GNOME 3.4 development cycle will continue with a GNOME 3.3.5 release on February 8th, GNOME 3.4 Beta 1 release on February 22nd, GNOME 3.4 Beta 2 release on March 7th, and the GNOME 3.4 Release Candidate version on March 21st.
The final release of GNOME 3.4 will be available on March 28th, 2012, followed by the first point release on April 18th, GNOME 3.4.1.
GNOME 3.4 Release Schedule:
· February 8th, 2012 - GNOME 3.3.5;
· February 22nd, 2012 - GNOME 3.4 Beta 1;
· March 7th, 2012 - GNOME 3.4 Beta 2;
· March 21st, 2012 - GNOME 3.4 RC;
· March 28th, 2012 - GNOME 3.4 Final release
Download the GNOME 3.3.4 source packages right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.