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Introducing GNOME 41

GNOME 41 is the product of 6 months’ work by the GNOME project. It includes a number of significant improvements and new features, as well as a large collection of smaller enhancements.

The most notable changes this release include an improved Software app, new multitasking settings, and enhanced power management features. With these changes, GNOME is smarter, more flexible, and offers a richer and more engaging experience than ever before.

GNOME 41 also comes with significant improvements for developers, including a new developer documentation website, a major new version of the Human Interface Guidelines, new features in the Builder IDE, GTK 4 enhancements, and much more.

GNOME 41 is the second release to use GNOME’s new version numbering scheme, which has replaced the old odd/even point release approach with a simpler, single integer. The next release, version 42, is planned for March 2022.

Power Profiles

Power Profiles

New power profiles were actually introduced in GNOME 40. In GNOME 41, those profiles are now accessible within the desktop.

With GNOME 41, these power profiles can be changed quickly from the System Status menu. The Power Saver profile can be configured to automatically enable itself when the system is on battery power and the battery level is low. It also dims the display sooner and fades the screen faster before suspending the device.

Initial support has been added that allows applications to request a power profile in certain situations. For example, a game can request the performance profile. The active requests are listed in the Settings > Power section.

Overhauled Software Install Experience

Software

Software has been given an overhaul for GNOME 41. It’s now easier to browse available apps, thanks to the inclusion of descriptions in app tiles, as well as a new, smaller set of application categories.

Application pages also have a new design, with bigger screenshots and new information tiles with information about each app.

Software Screenshot

Almost every part of the application has been polished or improved in some way. This includes redesigned settings, more attractive layouts in the installed and updates view, enhanced OS upgrade banners, and much much more.

The changes aren’t skin deep, either: there have been many fixes and improvements under the hood, to make the experience faster and more reliable.

Multitasking

Multitasking

The new Multitasking section in Settings enables users to customize common multitasking options related to window switching, workspaces and displays.

New Connections App

Connections

Connections is GNOME’s new remote desktop client. It provides a modern, easy to use experience for connecting to other desktops, and automatically handles as much of the complexity for you as possible. VNC and RDP connections are both supported.

Cellular Settings Panel

GNOME 41 introduces a Cellular section in Settings. This section is displayed if the system detects a compatible cellular modem. The Network Mode, Data Roaming and other options related to cellular connectivity can be configured here.

Performance Improvements

GNOME is continually working to improve performance, responsiveness and smoothness, and GNOME &gnomeversion; includes a collection of improvements in this area.

Music

Music

Music has been given a round of UI polish for GNOME 41. Artwork is now larger and has rounded corners, the artist list includes images, a new album view includes a handy play button, and the redesigned player bar is more spacious. Music also has new welcome artwork.

That’s Not All

GNOME 41 also includes lots of other, smaller improvements, including:

Getting GNOME 41

GNOME’s software is Free Software: all our code is available for download and can be freely modified and redistributed according to the respective licenses. To install it, we recommend that you wait for the official packages provided by your vendor or distribution. Popular distributions will make GNOME 41 available very soon, and some already have development versions that include the new GNOME release.

About GNOME

The GNOME Project is an international community supported by a non-profit Foundation. We focus on user experience excellence and first-class internationalization and accessibility. GNOME is a free and open project: if you want to join us, you can.