GNOME 3.16 released

In today's open source roundup: Check out what's new in GNOME 3.16. Plus: Will Windows 10 Secure Boot kill Linux? And the HTC One M9 will be available tonight at midnight


GNOME 3.16 released

The GNOME desktop has certainly had its share of ups and downs over the last few years. Some users fell out of love with it, while others remained faithful to the vision of the GNOME developers. But now version 3.16 has been released, and it offers lots of new features and tweaks.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

This is a major release that includes countless new features, updated components, and dozens of bug fixes. Prominent features of GNOME 3.16 include new GNOME Shell theme, revamped notification system, more useful notification popups, overlay scrollbars for all GNOME applications, important usability improvements for Nautilus (Files), support for scroll wheel emulation in trackballs, NFS (Network File System) support in userspace, Foursquare support, Wayland login screen, and an updated Adwaita wallpaper.

Of course, numerous core components have been updated, including Eye of GNOME, GTK+, Tracker, GNOME Maps, GNOME Music, GNOME Control Center, Videos, GNOME Terminal, GLib2, gdk-pixbuf, libsoup, Iagno, GNOME Documents, GNOME Photos, Evince, Calculator, and Mutter, so we recommend that you read the complete release notes for more details.

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You can also read the official release notes for GNOME 3.16:

GNOME 3.16 is the latest version of GNOME 3, and is the result of six months' work by the GNOME project. It includes major new features, as well as a large number of smaller improvements and enhancements. The release incorporates 33525 changes, made by approximately 1043 contributors.

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Here's a video preview of GNOME 3.16:

News of GNOME 3.16's release spawned a large thread on the Linux subreddit:

Skilltheamps: "...Gnome on Wayland works beautifully and is super snappy. I'm damn close to ditch Xorg from my production machine now."

Pogeymanz: "...I played around with it a bit and it is simply AMAZING how smooth everything is. In particular, window resizing and dragging."

AssociationOfCowards: "Can't wait for it to come to Debian. Thanks to everyone involved in the Gnome project!"

Formegadriverscustom: "Dear GNOME 3 haters: No one is forcing you to use GNOME 3. No one. There's KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE and tons of window managers if GNOME 3 is not to your liking. Why all the vitriol every time GNOME 3 is mentioned? It's really tiring, you know. Why not just use something else? Many of us actually like GNOME 3. What a bunch of weirdos we are, huh? :)"

TinyEarl: "Basically what I'm saying is the GNOME 3 devs have a very poor attitude and don't care about how their choices effect the rest of the community. Lots of desktop environments depend on certain things related to GNOME and GTK 3, but the GNOME 3 devs only want you using GNOME things on GNOME."

Fluffbum: "Man I love gnome. As big KDE fan I made the switch recently as I prefer it."

Arcticblue: "I can't bring myself to call it "Guhnome". When trying to talk to people who may be unfamiliar with it, it gets some funny looks like I don't know how to pronounce a word properly (like people who say Marine "Corpse" instead of Marine Corps). It's spelled exactly like the fantasy creature so that's how I'm going to pronounce it."

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