GNOME 3.26 Desktop Environment Development Continues, New Milestone Is Out Now

Matthias Clasen has informed the community via an email announcement that the third milestone of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment is now ready for public testing.

After a one day delay, GNOME 3.25.3 is now available, and it’s the third development release of the upcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment that could be used by default in popular GNU/Linux distributions, such as the Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) or Fedora 27, both due for release later this year. It brings a bunch of updates and new features to several of its components and apps.

“Another development release in the 3.26 cycle, GNOME 3.25.3, is now available. If you want to compile GNOME 3.25.3 by yourself, you can use the jhbuild modulesets available here:,” says Matthias Clasen in the email announcement. “Our next development release, 3.25.4, will happen shortly before GUADEC. Until then, enjoy the summer!”

GNOME 3.26 desktop dubbed “Manchester” lanches September 13, 2017

The development cycle of GNOME 3.26 will continue next month with the last scheduled milestone before the upcoming desktop environment hits Beta, GNOME 3.25.4, which is expected to land on July 19, 2017, a week before the GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) 2017 conference that should take place between July 28 and August 2 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

After that, the first GNOME 3.26 Beta builds will hit the streets on August 9, followed closely by the second Beta release on August 23. The Release Candidate (RC) is expected on September 6, and the final release of the GNOME 3.26 desktop environment, which will be dubbed “Manchester,” will be unveiled on September 13, 2017. Until then, go out and test the new GNOME 3.25.3 milestone, and report bugs.


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