GNOME 44 "Kuala Lumpur" arrives with GTK4, improved settings and more


The latest version of the open source desktop environment includes substantial improvements, new features, and bug fixes.

After 6 months of hard work, the GNOME developers unveiled a few days ago the release of the new version of GNOME 44 codenamed "Kuala Lumpur" in recognition of the work done by the organizers of the GNOME Asia Summit 2022 conference.

GNOME 44 introduces a GTK4 portal to the Epihaphy web browser (GNOME Web), a grid-based file picker for applications using the GTK file picker standard, as well as support for adding a WireGuard VPN directly from the Network panel, and much more. .

Top What's New in GNOME 44

GNOME 44ccontinues to improve the quick settings feature Introduced in GNOME 43 by implementing a submenu on the Bluetooth button to make it easier and faster to connect or disconnect devices, adding descriptions to buttons to easily see their status, and implementing a new feature called Applications.

The accessibility settings have also been redesigned. The different sections of the accessibility settings are now separated for easier navigation, the layout of each plane has also been improved to be clearer and more consistent with the rest of the scenarios, and descriptions have been added to many settings, depending on the gnome project.

The element Device Security was integrated into the Settings app in previous version 43. There have been major updates since then, according to the release notes. In the new version, the security status of the device is displayed as a description, "Check failed", "Check passed" or "Protected". This makes the panel easier to understand, the developers say.

In addition to that, also the software application has been optimized in GNOME 44, as it offers a smoother and faster experience. Pages for each software category display faster, and page reloads have also been reduced. The app now has improved support for next-generation software formats: Flatpak runtimes are now automatically removed when not needed, and image-based OS updates have progress information and descriptions.

Application Files in GNOME 44 comes with a collection of improvements, including the option to expand folders in list view, additional options for tabs, and more grid view sizes.

There are many other small improvements in GNOME 44, including:

  • GNOME's low battery notifications have been redesigned, with new icons and updated text.
  • In Contacts, it is now possible to share a contact using a QR code.
    Web, the GNOME browser, has been converted to GTK4. This is part of the ongoing effort to port GNOME applications to the latest version of GTK, which offers improvements in performance and user experience.
  • Search results in settings can now be disabled.
    Web has new popups to save passwords. They replace the previously used information bars.
  • In Maps, more places have images, thanks to image retrieval from Wikidata and Wikipedia.
  • Maps also includes a number of small improvements, including the ability to navigate search results using the keyboard.
  • Drag and drop functionality in the application grid has been improved.
    Console, the terminal app, now has a tab preview option, which shows open tabs in a grid.
  • Weather now has a smooth temperature graph and a redesigned header bar.
  • Added several missing keyboard shortcuts to Contacts, including Ctrl+F, Ctrl+, and Ctrl+Return.
  • Other bug fixes were also made.
  • The GNOME wallpaper collection includes four new backgrounds

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

It is worth mentioning that the new version is already available in most of the repositories of the main Linux distributions and therefore also available for derived distros.

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