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GNOME 40 Is the Next Major Release of the Linux Desktop, Coming March 2021

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GNOME 3 series is finally over! Now that the GNOME 3.38 release hit the streets, the development team unveiled earlier today that they are changing the versioning scheme and the development cycle of the next major release.

Coming after GNOME 3.38, will be GNOME 40 (yes, Forty), due for release in March 2021, which will have a total of three milestones during its six-month development cycle: Alpha, Beta and RC (Release Candidate).

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Succeeding GNOME 3.38 Will Be "GNOME 40" - Yes, GNOME Forty

  • Succeeding GNOME 3.38 Will Be "GNOME 40" - Yes, GNOME Forty

    Following today's GNOME 3.38 release a new versioning scheme was announced whereby the next release in six months time will be GNOME 40.0.

    Not GNOME 4.0, but GNOME's new versioning scheme is jumping next to GNOME 40.0. Stable point releases will go on as GNOME 40.1, 40.2, 40.3, etc.

Why the Next Version of GNOME Will Have a New Version Number

  • Why the Next Version of GNOME Will Have a New Version Number

    Here’s a curve ball: GNOME developers have announced that the next major stable release of the desktop environment will come with a new version number.

    And no: I don’t mean GNOME 3.40 as you (and me) might’ve been expecting. The current the GNOME 3.38 release followed on from GNOME 3.36, that from 3.34, and so on going all the way back to 2011 and GNOME 3.0.

    But GNOME 40 will be the next stable release.

    Yes, GNOME 40.

    Since there’s a rather dramatic leap between GNOME 3.0 and GNOME 40 (37 if you’re keeping count) you might be wondering what’s going on and why.

    Enter the GNOME Foundation’s Emmanuele Bassi who, in a forum post to unveil the new versioning, explains the reasoning behind the leap: to simplify the ‘unwieldy’ numbering.

GNOME drops 3.x versioning to shift to GNOME 40 for next release

  • GNOME drops 3.x versioning to shift to GNOME 40 for next release

    Over the past couple of decades, when the GTK library that GNOME was built upon released a new major version -- moving from 1.x versions to 2.x, for instance -- it arrived with a new major release of the GNOME desktop that greatly changed the user interface.

    As with many major redesigns, it was accompanied by an amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    With the GTK team working away on GTK 4, the GNOME team was in no mood to "rewrite the world", according to an announcement from the GNOME release team penned by Emmanuele Bassi.

GNOME's new versioning scheme

  • GNOME's new versioning scheme

    The GNOME Project has announced a change to its version-numbering scheme; the next release will be "GNOME 40". "After nearly 10 years of 3.x releases, the minor version number is getting unwieldy. It is also exceedingly clear that we're not going to bump the major version because of technological changes in the core platform, like we did for GNOME 2 and 3, and then piling on a major UX change on top of that. Radical technological and design changes are too disruptive for maintainers, users, and developers; we have become pretty good at iterating design and technologies, to the point that the current GNOME platform, UI, and UX are fairly different from what was released with GNOME 3.0, while still following the same design tenets."

By Brian Fagioli

  • GNOME gets new versioning scheme, and Linux users are going to be confused

    The GNOME 3 desktop environment was officially released in 2011, and in 2020 we are still on version 3.x. Yeah, despite many massive changes over the last (almost) decade, we have been stuck with point releases for GNOME 3. For instance, just yesterday, GNOME 3.38 was released. Historically, the stable releases all ended in even numbers, with pre-release versions ending odd. For fans of the DE, such as yours truly, we have simply learned to live with this odd versioning scheme.

    Well, folks, with the next version of GNOME, the developers have finally decided to move on from version 3.x. You are probably thinking the new version will be 4.0, but you'd be very wrong. Actually, following GNOME 3.38 will be GNOME 40. Wait, what? Yes, the developers are actually moving from 3.x to 40.x! They are even ditching the even/odd aspect, as the next major stable version to come after 40 will be 41. Minor stable updates will be given incremental point designations (.1, .2, .3, etc.). During development, there will just be alpha, beta, and release candidates -- nice and simple. Understandably, this is going to be confusing for some Linux users that are used to the old versioning scheme.

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FOSS desktop folk to start counting in whole numbers again

  • GNOME alone: FOSS desktop folk to start counting in whole numbers again

    A post by Emmanuele Bassi, a GTK Core Developer at GNOME Foundation, explains that the project has reached version 3.38 and that “After nearly 10 years of 3.x releases, the minor version number is getting unwieldy.”

    “It is also exceedingly clear that we’re not going to bump the major version because of technological changes in the core platform, like we did for GNOME 2 and 3, and then piling on a major UX change on top of that. Radical technological and design changes are too disruptive for maintainers, users, and developers; we have become pretty good at iterating design and technologies, to the point that the current GNOME platform, UI, and UX are fairly different from what was released with GNOME 3.0, while still following the same design tenets.”

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