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GNOME 44 is out now finally adding thumbnails to the file picker

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One thing I genuinely hated about GNOME has finally been solved with the GNOME 44 release. It includes some big improvements and new features.

As dumb as it sounds, one of the most important new features is the added grid view for the file picker. Honestly, I still can't believe it took this long but it's finally in. You can now actually see proper previews of images. As they said in the release announcement that for years GNOME users have been requesting it. Apps will need to use GTK4 though, so hopefully plenty will.

There's also various security improvements, accessibility upgrades like redesigned settings for accessibility with these new features:

  • An over-amplification setting has been added, to increase the volume above the usual maximum threshold.
  • Under Typing, an option has been added to enable accessibility features using the keyboard.
  • There is now a test area for the cursor blinking setting.
  • A new setting to make scrollbars be always visible has been added to the Seeing section.

Sound settings also got upgraded:

  • Volume level control has been moved into a separate window, making the more commonly used output and input controls easier to access.
  • It’s now possible to disable the alert sound, and a new alert sound window makes it easy to browse the available sounds that are available.
  • The sound test window has been redesigned, eliminating previous scaling issues when there are many outputs, and providing a more attractive interface.

Mouse and touchpad settings were overhauled, updates to the quick settings menu like being able to see a list of running apps without a window (Flatpak only for now), the GNOME Software app should be faster now and it has better Flatpak support, the terminal app Console now has a tab overview option, you can share from the Contacts app with a QR code, the GNOME Web browser was upgraded to GTK4 and the list goes on.

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mattiasb Mar 24
Quoting: HxE[...]
Jokes aside, if a thing is free, it doesn't mean we can't talk about its flaws.

Ofcourse, that's obvious.
adolson Mar 25
As a GNOME user since about 2003, I'm frankly surprised they didn't just take away our ability to pick files instead.
slaapliedje Mar 27
Quoting: HxE
Quoting: mattiasb
Quoting: Purple Library Guy... so seems to me any excuses Gnome might make were probably . . . excuses.

It could just have been that they prioritized their time and choose to work on other things? Why would they have to make excuses for that?

The way you're framing this is so entitled. Free software is a privilege not a right.
I didn't know that using gnome is a privilege. I feel unworthy though, so I'll stick to kde plasma for now.

Jokes aside, if a thing is free, it doesn't mean we can't talk about its flaws. Lack of thumbnails in a filepicker is a huge flaw. If you are trying to select a picture, such filepicker is absolutely useless. For every application that has hardcoded gnome/gtk filepicker, I have to open a file manager to drag and drop a picture from there, because that's the only way to see what file I am picking, that's what I think about gnome usability. Now they present to us bluetooth quick menu (already in kde) and background apps list (finally they invented system tray). maybe in 20 years they will add minimize and maximize buttons to the window titlebar, and a taskbar.

taskbar is another interesting topic. for some reason a bar with tabs is fine in a browser, but in a desktop environment a bar with running windows is a suddenly outdated evil thing to get rid of

thankfully we have kde, yet I am glad for gnome. at least its filepicker won't waste my time in apps that don't implement support for a default DE filepicker
What's always weird is when you use an old Qt program, and the file picker is some weird crappy one (not KDE's, but like a default Qt one). Chitubox on Linux does that to me. It's awful.
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