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Another 6 months of development later and GNOME 41 is out with plenty of enhancements for GNOME desktop fans.

"The most notable changes this in release include an improved Software app, new multitasking settings, and enhanced power management features. With these changes, GNOME is smarter, more flexible, and offers a richer and more engaging experience than ever before." - GNOME Team

You will find new selectable power modes between Balanced (the default), Performance and Power Save which can be easily changed using the System Status menu. Meanwhile GNOME Software went through a small overhaul and they say almost every part of it has been improved. Performance is another key point and focus, with many efficiency improvements making it in so it will all feel more responsive (on Wayland). There's also improvements for multitouch, GTK 4 has a new OpenGL renderer which "provides faster rendering and reduced power consumption" and the window manager Mutter got cleaned up for "long-term maintainability and efficiency"

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The new Multitasking settings panel sounds pretty good too, allowing you to fine-tune your experience so you can do things like disabling the Activities overlay hot-corner, you can disable Active Screen Edges (where you drag a window to a side to resize it) and more like being able to show workspaces on all displays instead of just the primary.

Some of the other improvements including:

  • The ability to create encrypted .zip archives in Files (these require a password to be opened).
  • A new Calendar feature that allows importing events from .ics files.
  • Improved support for dark mode in Web, along with faster pinch to zoom (on heavy websites), and better handling of unresponsive websites.
  • Better window resizing in Calculator: enlarging the window will now reveal additional controls, and the window will also shrink down to fit on mobile displays.

Check out the full release notes.

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scaine 22 Sep
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Quoting: ridgeWould really love to try GNOME on some of my devices, but I hate the top bar and want a traditional panel on the bottom.. It's what keeps me using KDE on 100% of my computers.
No, I do not consider tweaking/hacking the shell an option :P
Installing a gnome shell extension like dash to panel neither?

Yeah, Dash to Panel is amazing and can be positioned anywhere. It's an essential extension to gnome, catapulting it from "frustrating and baffling" to "traditional, flexible and beautiful". Love it. KDE's panel is... it's okay. Once I figure out how to theme it with better fonts and add decent widgets, I'm sure it'll compare.
Anorelsan 22 Sep
Quoting: jensFirst thing I do with gnome is installing plata-noir theme (https://gitlab.com/tista500/plata-theme) and papirus icon theme (https://github.com/PapirusDevelopmentTeam/papirus-icon-theme). After that it is the perfect desktop for me. Small tip: learning the keyboard shortcuts makes life on Gnome way easier and using them imho fits much better into the intended way of working.

Curiosity bites me... Can you post a screenshot please?

I'm using gnome 40 with some bits of 41 (Debian Unstable) and for me it's perfect with the dark theme :)
Hori 22 Sep
Quoting: Schattenspiegel
Quoting: jensDefine yourself with the things you love, not with the things you hate.
(Taken from somewhere on GoL)
And true to that spirit I shouted my rejection of it into the world, that my words may become real, and it shall not define me in any way shape or form henceforth. ;-)
Gold
Luke_Nukem 22 Sep
Absolutely smashing release! Smooth, fast, lots of QoL improvements.
slaapliedje 22 Sep
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Quoting: ridgeWould really love to try GNOME on some of my devices, but I hate the top bar and want a traditional panel on the bottom.. It's what keeps me using KDE on 100% of my computers.
No, I do not consider tweaking/hacking the shell an option :P
There is an extension for hiding the top bar. Or you can use the Gnome Flashback.
But, is there a way to install it on Ubuntu 20.04?
Quoting: scaineYeah, Dash to Panel is amazing
Harrumph. If I'm going to use a panel I want it to already be there when I need it--I don't want to have to dash to it first!
slaapliedje 23 Sep
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Quoting: scaineYeah, Dash to Panel is amazing
Harrumph. If I'm going to use a panel I want it to already be there when I need it--I don't want to have to dash to it first!
"I didn't get a Harrumph from that guy!"
omer666 23 Sep
Quoting: jens
Quoting: Schattenspiegel
Quoting: jensDefine yourself with the things you love, not with the things you hate.
(Taken from somewhere on GoL)
And true to that spirit I shouted my rejection of it into the world, that my words may become real, and it shall not define me in any way shape or form henceforth. ;-)

Very cool, cannot top that mastery of language :)
And thus, shall we repent in ashamement, for we ought to reckon such mastery and craft holds no knowledgable truth beneath.


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mihaib 23 Sep
I am a bit curious on what this power options actually do to the system... I can't seem to find a explanation on the web. I mean what actualy does it tweak/set to achieve this.


Last edited by mihaib on 23 September 2021 at 6:54 am UTC
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