GNOME 3.36 Released With Visual & Better Performance: After six months of development, the official GNOME 3.36 release is finally released, with source code available to download from the usual places.
Those people who have read my recent feature overview will know GNOME 3.36 is a pretty big update with a wealth of improvements and several new user-facing features in tow.
The new release even manages to sneak in a couple of unexpected, but very welcome, changes too, like a new GNOME Extensions app.
GNOME New Features
- New lock screen
- Reorganized Settings panels
- Shell theme improvements
- New GNOME Extensions app
- ‘Do Not Disturb’ toggle
- Visible ‘Suspend’ option
- Easy editing of app folder names
- Parental Controls in GNOME Software
- Redesigned ‘Clocks’ app
- GNOME Web can load PDFs
- GNOME Music can scrobble
What I wasn’t able to “spotlight” in that feature roundup is the considerable performance improvements GNOME ships with.
GNOME Shell has simply never felt as responsive or as fluid as it does here, in this release, based on my time testing it in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
The improvements are down to continued engineering efforts on Mutter (the GNOME window manager) as well as the addition of a ‘more modern’ CSS engine.
How To Get GNOME 3.36 New Features
Even though GNOME 3.36 has officially released. It will take a while for the Linux distributions to let you easily upgrade your GNOME experience.
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS release will include the latest version out of the box. You can wait for it.
Other popular Linux distributions like Fedora, OpenSuse, Pop!_OS should soon include GNOME update soon enough. Arch Linux has already upgraded to GNOME 3.36.
I’ll advise you to wait it out till you get an update for your distribution. Nevertheless, you can take a look at the source code or try the upcoming development editions of popular distros that could potentially feature GNOME’s new release.