The GNOME Project proudly announced a few minutes ago, September 26th, that the highly anticipated GNOME 3.6 desktop environment has been finalised and that it is ready to be implemented in any GNOME-based Linux distribution.
As expected, GNOME 3.6 is finally here, and it comes with a great number of enhancements, new features, as well as small improvements and bug fixes.
“The GNOME Foundation is proud to present this latest GNOME release, and I would like to congratulate the GNOME community on its achievement.” said Andreas Nilsson, President of the GNOME Foundation, in the press release.
Highlights of GNOME 3.6:
• GNOME Notifications received major improvements, including smarter notifications;
• Message Tray has been redesigned;
• Activities Overview received an enhanced layout;
• Nautilus has been renamed to Files and it was greatly enhanced, including a redesigned interface, a new Recent location, and a functional file search;
• Input Sources were integrated, making easy to input foreign characters like Japanese or Chinese;
• Accessibility Always On, allowing users to enable Universal Access features with a push of a button;
• New and attractive Lock Screen, that offers notifications and lets users control their media files;
• Support for Microsoft Exchange in Online Accounts;
• Support for Facebook in Online Accounts;
• Support for Windows Live in Online Accounts;
• Redesigned User Menu;
• Enhanced System Settings;
• Improvements to Evolution, Empathy, Disks, Font Viewer, Disk Usage Analyzer and Web;
• Improved GNOME Boxes;
• New Clocks application;
• Over 38,302 changes from 1,112 contributors!
Andreas Nilsson also described GNOME 3.6 as “an important milestone in our mission to bring a free and open computing environment to everyone.”
Most of you, including myself, who want to see the GNOME 3.6 desktop environment in action will have to wait until a major Linux operating system integrates it, such as the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal).
What’s next? GNOME 3.8, which should be released on March 27th, 2013. See its upcoming features!
Download GNOME 3.6 sources right now from Softpedia.