GNOME 3.0 has landed!

Today sees the GNOME Desktop project released GNOME 3.0, the first major release of the free and open source desktop environment in nine years.

Today sees the GNOME Desktop project released GNOME 3.0, the first major release of the free and open source desktop environment in nine years.

Check out the GNOME 3.0 image gallery!

And there's a lot of cool new stuff to explore.

First, there's a whole new desktop.

With a new desktop comes a whole raft of new features.

  • Activities Overview - Allows you to see all of your windows and once and allows you to switch between tasks and launch applications.
  • Notifications - A new, improve, unobtrusive notifications system that stores all your notifications in a Messaging Tray until you are ready to deal with them.
  • Integrated Messaging - Communicate with your contacts via the Messaging Tray without having to switch to a separate application.
  • Window Grouping - Group all your open windows to allow you to better organize your work.
  • Desktop Search - Integrated search system allows you to launch applications, switch between windows and open recent documents and settings.

  • Redesigned Settings Framework - New settings browser allows you to explore system settings and search for settings panels from the same window.
  • Topic-Oriented Help - Makes it easier for you to find the answers you are looking for.

A new desktop experience isn't complete without new applications.

  • Nautilus File Browser - Efficiently manage your files and connect to other systems.

  • Modernized Web Browsing - New, improved Epiphany 3.0 web browser. 
  • Smarter Text Editing - Updated gedit text editor featuring intelligent spell checker and support for compressed files.

  • Better Messaging - New, improved Empathy messaging application featuring improved call handling, spelling assistance, password and certificate handling.

Like I said, lets to explore!