GNOME 3.8 Released with New Features and UI Improvements

The GNOME project has announced the release of GNOME 3.8 and according to them, it is by far the best release of GNOME. The release of GNOME 3.8 follows the release of GTK+ 3.8, which also forms the base toolkit for this desktop environment. This release of GNOME 3.8 comes six months after the release of GNOME 3.6 in accordance with the six-month release cycle of GNOME.


GNOME 3.8 brings many new awesome features and improvements to the table. There have been a number of design changes in the file manager, contacts application and the documents application. The new Activities and Applications interface makes finding applications much easier. A revamped search in Activities Overview allows applications to present search results and offers control over their order in the results list.

The web browser in GNOME 3.8 has been redesigned and renamed to ‘Web’. The browser features process isolation that prevents application-wide crashes and improves security like Google Chrome and Firefox. This has been made possible using the new WebKit2 API.

Another interesting feature of GNOME 3.8 is the Classic Mode, which provides a traditional GNOME look, keeping all the GNOME 3 features intact.


GNOME 3.8 also introduces new privacy settings that allow users to hide their name from the menu bar and disable history, thus allowing a greater control over the amount of data GNOME collects about its users. The look and feel has also been improved greatly and new transitions and animations have been introduced to create a smoother workflow.


The source code for GNOME 3.8 is available on GitHub. Compiled binaries for GNOME 3.8 will be available for individual distros very soon. Check out the release notes for more information.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.