GNOME 3.36 Desktop Gets Second Beta Release Ahead of March 11 Launch


GNOME Project’s Michael Catanzaro just announced a few moments ago the availability of the second beta release of the upcoming GNOME 3.36 desktop environment.

With only three weeks left until the final release on March 11th, the GNOME 3.36 desktop environment received today a new beta version, GNOME 3.35.91, which can be downloaded and installed on various GNU/Linux distributions using the official Flatpak runtimes from Flathub, the official BuildStream project snapshot, the experimental VM image, or the source packages.

The development cycle of GNOME 3.36 is almost over and String Freeze stage is now in effect. There will be one more milestone published before the final release next month, GNOME 3.35.92 a.k.a. GNOME 3.36 Release Candidate (RC), which is expected at the end of the month on February 29th.

If you want to help the GNOME development team iron out any last remaining bugs before the final release of the GNOME 3.36 desktop environment hits the streets, go ahead and test this second beta release. However, please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, so don’t install it on a production machine.

GNOME 3.36 is a promising release that will introduce many new features and improvements, including redesigned login and unlock experiences, USB protection daemon, redesigned Power off dialog, refreshed GNOME Initial Setup dialog, a much more polished Shell experience, password peeking, new privacy settings, and much-improved GNOME Control Center.

I will have more details about all the new features and changes when the final release arrives on March 11th, 2020.

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