The latest version of GNOME 3 has been released today. Version 3.32 contains six months of work by the GNOME community and includes many improvements, performance improvements and new features.

This release features a refreshed visual style ranging from an entirely new set of app icons to improvements to the user interface style. Many of the base style colors have been saturated, giving them a more vivid, vibrant appearance. Buttons are more rounded and have a softer “shadow” border. Switches no longer use the explicit ON and OFF text, instead using color to indicate state.

The application icons underwent a major design overhaul, resulting in a beautiful set of icons and an improved set of guidelines for icon designers.

GNOME 3.32 continues to push the boundaries around HiDPI and graphics too. This release introduces an experimental feature for Wayland desktop sessions that enables fractional scaling. Once enabled, desktops at certain resolutions can be scaled by non-integer values (150%, 175%).

Additionally, several improvements to data structures in the GNOME Desktop led to noticeable frame rate improvements. This results in a faster, snappier feel to the animations, icons and top “shell” panel. Searching in many GNOME apps is faster now too, thanks to major performance enhancements to the GNOME search database.

The complete list of features and improvements are in the release notes.

GNOME 3.32 is code-named “Taipei” in recognition of the most recent GNOME.Asia, held this past August in Taipei, Taiwan.

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