New features and improvements in GNOME 3.38

After a six-month regular development cycle, GNOME 3.38 was released on September 16. If you want to know what new features and improvements this version contains, please continue reading.This one It is an introduction video for GNOME 3.38 created by the GNOME developers, where you can see many of the changes made in this version: One of the most important changes in GNOME 3.38 is the elimination of the Frequent and All application views, which have been replaced. Has a more consistent application view that allows users to reorder applications and optionally arrange them in folders:GNOME Shell 3.38

In this way, the layout algorithm of the application grid has been rewritten, and the number of rows and columns is now based on the monitor’s aspect ratio and available space. GNOME developers say that even though the customizable application grid is a feature in itself, it is also a feature required for future design changes. What these design changes are remains to be seen. The latest GNOME 3.38 version also includes a new welcome browse, which is displayed on the user’s first login after the initial setup, and is used to show new users how to use the desktop:GNOME 3.38 welcome to visitGNOME 3.38 welcome to visit

GNOME 3.38 settings have also undergone some changes. Most importantly, “Settings” can now manage parental controls. This is available in the “Users” section of “Settings”, and it allows certain applications to be disabled so that they cannot be launched by managed users. Parental controls are also tied to software applications, allowing restrictions on application installation. I can’t find the new parental control settings using GNOME 3.38 RC2 in Fedora Rawhide, so there is no screenshot here. Other updates to the settings include a new fingerprint registration user interface, protection from unauthorized USB devices when the screen is locked, and an option to display a battery level indicator in the system menu. More changes:

  • Improved screen recording-Since GNOME Shell’s built-in logger has now been split into separate system services, it reduces resource consumption and improves response speed.In addition, even if the app bypasses the synthesizer, the screen broadcast now works properly
  • Wayland only: Supports frame clock to improve the multi-monitor experience with different refresh rates
  • The system menu has a new restart option.Hold down the Alt key can also be used to enter the “boot” menu
  • Mutter on Wayland now supports bypassing the synthesizer when possible.This should reduce CPU and GPU usage and improve performance
  • GNOME 3.38 can use Tracker 2 and Tracker 3 at the same time, and most of GNOME’s core applications have been updated to use Tracker 3. Tracker3 (local search engine and database) has improved Flatpak support, so you can control what types of data your application can search and query. Similarly, in version 3.0, Tracker has changed from a centralized database model to a distributed database model, thereby encouraging application developers to store data in the application’s local Tracker database.

GNOME 3.38 applications

GNOME 3.38 screenshot application
Redesigned screenshot application
GNOME 3.38 Main Display Web Browser
Epiphany privacy preferences
GNOME 3.38 mapping dark mode
Map night mode

The changes in GNOME 3.38 applications include:

  • Epiphany (Web) now includes Intelligent Tracking Prevention enabled by default, new support for importing passwords and bookmarks from Google Chrome, a redesigned password manager, the ability to mute or unmute individual tabs, and redesigned preferences and History dialog
  • The screenshots and recorder have been redesigned
  • Maps has received preliminary work on an adaptive user interface for desktop and mobile devices and night mode.
  • The clock now allows you to set the pause and ring time of the alarm, and its “Add World Clock” dialog has been redesigned
  • The GNOME Boxes XML editor now allows you to change advanced settings that are not available in the UI by editing the libvirt XML of the machine.
  • Calculator, Cheese, Tally, Sudoku, Robot, Quapssapel and Nibble all have new icons
  • Terminal comes with an updated text color scheme with improved contrast.

GNOME 3.38 will soon be used in rolling Linux distributions, such as Arch Linux. The next generation of Ubuntu and Fedora versions (Ubuntu 20.10 and Fedora 33) will be provided with the GNOME 3.38 desktop.Also checked Get GNOME pageIt is worth noting that the screenshots in this article were made on Fedora Rawhide, and not everything has been updated to the final version of GNOME 3.38.