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Introducing GNOME 46, “Kathmandu”

March 20, 2024

The GNOME project is excited to present the latest GNOME release, version 46. This latest version is the result of 6 month’s hard work by the GNOME community. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

GNOME 46 is code-named “Kathmandu”, in recognition of the amazing work done by the organizers of GNOME.Asia 2023.

Let’s dive in and explore what’s new in GNOME 46.

Search Everywhere

Files comes with a new global search feature in GNOME 46. The feature is simple: activate it by clicking the new search button, or by using the Ctrl+Shift+F shortcut, then enter your query to search all your configured search locations.

Global search is a great way to jump directly into search, without having to think about where the items you want are located. The new feature also leverages GNOME’s existing file search capabilities, including the ability to search the contents of files, and filter by file type and modification date.

Another great thing about global search is that it makes it possible to search multiple locations simultaneously, which can include locations that aren’t in your home directory. To set this up, go to the newly refined search locations settings, and add the locations that you want to be included.

Enhanced Files App

In addition to global search, the Files app has had a serious upgrade for GNOME 46. Feedback about long-running file operations has been improved, with a new dynamic progress section at the bottom of the sidebar. This makes it possible to view the progress of individual operations, as well as see which operations are ongoing and which have finished.

Significant code refactoring during the development of GNOME 46 has also delivered a welcome performance upgrade in the Files app. In the past, switching between list and grid view would involve a delay and content would progressively load on screen. In GNOME 46, this is gone: changing view is instantaneous, making for a faster and more frictionless experience.

Finally, Files in GNOME 46 also comes with a fantastic set of other smaller improvements:

We encourage you to explore the new features in Files and experience a whole new level of file management efficiency!

Upgraded Online Accounts, Now With OneDrive

GNOME’s Online Accounts feature have had a major upgrade for GNOME 46. The biggest improvement is the new support for Microsoft OneDrive. Setup a Microsoft 365 account from the settings, and your OneDrive will appear in the Files sidebar, where it can be easily browsed and accessed alongside your local files and folders.

A collection of additional improvements to Online Accounts have also been made, thanks to funding from the Sovereign Tech Fund:

A necessary consequence of these changes is that Online Accounts are no longer included as part of the initial system setup assistant.

Remote Login with RDP

GNOME’s remote desktop experience has been significantly enhanced for version 46, with the introduction of a new dedicated remote login option. This allows remotely connecting to a GNOME system which is not already in use. Connecting in this way means that the system’s display can be configured from the remote side, resulting in a better experience for the remote user.

The new remote login feature means that GNOME systems can be used as fully fledged remote resources. It can be found in the Remote Desktop settings, which provide information on how to connect.

Stepped-Up Settings

The Settings app has received a comprehensive update in GNOME 46.

The Settings app has been reorganized for GNOME 46, to make it easier to navigate. To this end, a new System section has been created, which contains preferences for Region & Language, Date & Time, Users, Remote Desktop, Secure Shell, and About. The Apps settings have also been consolidated, and now include the Default Apps and Removable Media settings.

These changes have the effect of reducing the total number of sections in the Settings app, giving you fewer places to browse and a faster path to the settings you need.

New Touchpad Settings

The touchpad settings have been expanded for GNOME 46, with two new settings. The first, called Secondary Click provides configuration for how secondary clicks (often called “right click”) are performed with a touchpad, and includes options to use either two fingers on the pad, or to click in the corner of the pad.

The second new setting allows the Disable Touchpad While Typing behavior to be turned off. Doing this allows touchpad movement to be combined with key presses, which can be necessary for some apps and games.

Massive Polish Effort

The Settings app has also received a vast amount of polish for GNOME 46. This includes:

Altogether, these improvements result in a Settings app which is clearer, easier to understand, and is fantastic to use.

Accessibility Improvements

Accessibility has been a strong work theme for GNOME 46, with multiple aspects of accessibility seeing improvements. Much of this work has centered on the Orca screen reader:

Orca hasn’t been the only place where accessibility improvements have happened for GNOME 46. Other accessibility improvements include an high contrast mode which is now more consistent and usable, and a new setting to show on and off symbols in switches.

Much of this accessibility work was funded by the Sovereign Tech Fund and Igalia.

System Enhancements

GNOME 46 contains many small improvements and polish changes to the core GNOME experience:

Enhanced Notifications

Better Apps

Many of GNOME’s core apps have also been upgraded for GNOME 46. This includes:

Improvements Under the Hood

The improvements in GNOME 46 are not just skin deep, and the new version comes with deep technical enhancements which result in a more performant and refined experience.

Welcome, Circle Friends!

GNOME Circle is a group of fantastic apps for GNOME, which the GNOME project promotes and supports. Since GNOME 45 was released, seven new apps have been added:

Welcome to these new members of the GNOME community!

Developer Experience

GNOME 46 includes new features and improvements for developers who are using the GNOME platform. Read the developers section to learn more.

Getting GNOME 46

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 46 available very soon, and some already have development versions that include the new GNOME release. You can also try the GNOME OS image as a virtual machine, using the Boxes app.


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