27 March 2013
In this release, privacy has become one of GNOME's primary focuses. GNOME 3.8 includes new privacy and sharing settings to allow you to be in control of information on your computer. Additionally, this is the first release to support OwnCloud integration
. These new changes will allow you to easily track your activities and protect your personal information, making GNOME more secure than ever.GNOME's web browser
has also seen significant changes, providing a faster and more fluid web experience.
“We're really excited about the 3.8 release,” said a statement issued by Igalia, “in part because Web, the GNOME browser, debuts its WebKit2 backend, something we at Igalia have been working hard on for years. WebKit2 delivers a state-of-the-art web runtime to our platform, with increased responsiveness, security and stability, making Web 3.8 and all the applications using WebKit much more pleasant and exciting to use.”
Other new features presented in GNOME 3.8 include revamped search functionality from the Activities Overview, an updated Application launching view, and a new pressure-activated notification bar.
GNOME 3.8 also includes a large number of bug fixes and enhancements. Many usability details have been addressed that provide a more polished experience, including improvements to the notifications system, lock screen, and overview. Many of these changes were made as part of the second round of the
Every Detail Matters initiative, which fixed nearly 60 usability bugs during the 3.8 development cycle.GNOME 3.8 for the first time comes with GNOME Classic for those who prefer a traditional desktop experience. GNOME Classic configures the desktop to include popular GNOME 2 features but with the underlying power of GNOME 3 technologies
. The GNOME Classic experience is further enhanced by GNOME's growing library of community created extensions.http://www.gnome.org/press/2013/03/gnome-community-releases-gnome-3-8/https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.8/