Gnome 44 Now Has a Release Date

Jan 09, 2023

Gnome 44 will be officially released on March 22, 2023.

Although it's a bit premature to talk about what features will be found in the 44th iteration of the Gnome desktop, it's safe to say that the Epiphany web browser will most likely get the GTK4 port we've been waiting for as well as WebExtensions support that will be enabled out of the box. There also may be wider libadwaita support in more apps.

The big question on my mind is will Gnome 44 finally feature the new terminal app, Console, or will it continue on with the current default gnome-terminal?

According to 9To5Linux, Gedit is making a comeback, although there is no indication it will return as the default text editor. My guess is that the new default will remain the same with the newly-updated Gedit available as an alternative.

The official release schedule for Gnome 44 looks like this:

  • Gnome 44 Alpha: Jan 7, 2023
  • Gnome 44 Beta: Feb 11, 2023
  • Gnome 44 Release Candidate: Mar 4, 2023

Also, it's important to note that even though the official release date for Gnome 44 is on March 22, that does not mean your Gnome-based distribution of choice will have the latest update available. The first distribution that will likely get Gnome 44 will be the nightly release of Gnome OS. One thing to keep in mind with Gnome OS is that it only runs on bare metal or Flathub Boxes, so you cannot test the distribution as a virtual machine.

You can follow the goings on for Gnome 44 on the official Gnome Wiki.

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