Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint Founder and lead developer, has announced that his project has started work on a GNOME 3 edition of its next major release, version 12. The new edition will initially be developed alongside the GNOME 2.32-based release which will remain as the default desktop environment of Mint. The developers had decided to stick with GNOME 2.32 because there had been "radical changes" in GNOME 3.x's desktop which had split the communities of GNOME and Mint users.
In a post on the Linux Mint blog, Lefebvre says that they will use the recent 3.2 release of GNOME as it is "more mature" than previous versions of GNOME 3. He says that the development team "can see the potential of this new desktop and use it to implement something that can look and behave better than anything based on GNOME 2". It is unlikely though that the first release of a GNOME 3 Mint will be complete: "Of course, we’re starting from scratch and this process can take some time and span across multiple releases" said Lefebvre.
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