Those of us who are running the hot development code for GNOME 3 have been seeing the regular arrival of awesome new features. It’s an exciting time seeing all the pieces come together, and it’s becoming clear just how great GNOME 3 is going to be. A lot of people aren’t running the newest GNOME 3 code though, so I thought I’d run through some of the changes that have landed recently.
Cantarell by default
Owen made sure that the new desktop uses the new GNOME font by default. The result is much nicer text and an altogether more beautiful desktop.
In case you missed it, David Zeuthen added the long-awaited calendar redesign. It’s both beautiful and practical. Personally, I love having my tasks next to the date grid; it’s really handy.
Another of Owen’s contributions, the implementation of Jimmac‘s workspace switching design is slick, and it has been getting really good feedback from those who have used it. The new switcher makes it easy to change workspaces and to move windows between them. The animated transitions are really satisfying, too.
Florian Müllner has been doing a great job refining our visuals (among other things). He recently removed the labels from the icons in ‘the dash’ (the application launcher bar on the left) and enlarged the icons in the application view. These changes mitigate some of the issues we’ve seen with the labels getting cut off, and they give a generally nicer layout. The styling of the search bar has been improved also.
It’s easy to focus on the big new features, but there has been a huge amount of polishing work going on also. Marina has been refining the behaviour of the messaging tray, Owen has been making sure that icons are clearly rendered, and lots of bug fixing has been happening.
This isn’t everything that’s been happening to GNOME 3 in recent weeks (system settings have been getting a lot of attention, as have many of our applications) but I hope the update’s useful.