Since last weekend available GNOME 40.4, a point update whose new features include improvements in support for flatpak packages. Yesterday at the last minute in Spain, the project He launched GNOME 41 Beta 1, which is the first version that everyone can try, but it is not yet mature enough to call it stable. For that reason, it is not designed for production equipment.
Among the novelties, what most catches my attention are the improvements in the app application / interface to make calls, which is surprising when you consider that this is a desktop for desktop computers, worth the redundancy. They have also included more improvements in Wayland, the screen manager (GDM) and the apps have received new functions. Here is a list of the highlights of GNOME 41 Beta 1.
Highlights of GNOME 41 Beta
- GNOME Calls has started adding SIP-based functionality with user interface-based support for managing a SIP account and making / receiving VoIP calls.
- GDM now allows the user session to be Wayland even if the login screen is X.Org based.
- GDM now allows user sessions for NVIDIA systems from a single GPU vendor.
- Calendar can now open ICS files and import events.
- The Control Center adds new "Cellular" and "Multitasking" panels.
- Disk Utility now uses LUKS2 for new encrypted partitions.
- The GNOME Initial Setup "Software" page has been restored to easily switch to third-party repositories.
- Music has started to implement its new design mockups.
- GNOME Shell has fixed XWayland application support when systemd is not used in user session.
- GNOME Software has seen a revision of its user interface.
- The Nautilus file manager has redesigned its "Compress" dialog, among other improvements.
Users interested in testing GNOME 41 Beta can do so from the ISO GNOME-OS, available here.