The great Matthias Clasen from the GNOME development team was proud to announce a few hours ago, July 12, that the fourth development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.10 desktop environment is ready for download and testing from the usual places.
GNOME 3.9.4 brings numerous updated core components and libraries, as well as several improvements to basic applications (see below for a detailed list). This fourth development release towards GNOME 3.10 also squashed many bugs found in the GNOME 3.9.3 version, and updates several important translations.
At this moment, the GNOME developers are preparing for the upcoming GUADEC – The GNOME Conference event, which will take place in Brno, Czech Republic, August 1-8. More details can be found here.
Therefore, the GNOME 3.9.4 updates the following main applications: Anjuta, Bijiben, Cheese, Devhelp, Evolution, File Roller, Gedit, GNOME Chess, GNOME Documents, Orca, and Vinagre.
The following core components were updated in GNOME 3.9.4: GTK+, Glib2, Gvfs, Clutter, Mutter, Glib Networking, GNOME Calculator, GNOME Contacts, GNOME Disk Utility, GNOME Online Accounts, GNOME Screenshot, GNOME Shell, GNOME Terminal, Vino, VTE, Cogl, Folks, GJS, Gmime, Pango, GtkSourceView, and GObject introspection.
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 3.9.4 raw changelogs, here and here.
The next development release will be GNOME 3.9.5, which should be available for testing sometime at the end of the month, followed by the first Beta release at the end of August, 2013. The final version of GNOME 3.10 will be officially released on September 25, 2013.
Download GNOME 3.9.4 sources 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.