Chapter 8. Desktop

GNOME rebased to version 3.22.3

The GNOME Desktop has been updated to upstream version 3.22.3, which provides a number of bug fixes and enhancements over the previous version. Notable changes include:
  • Overhauled desktop notifications
  • Built-in integration with world clocks and media players
  • Automatically adjusting screen brightness (for systems with an integrated light sensor)
  • In many applications, support for a standard dialog to document keyboard shortcuts
  • Improvements to several setting panels (printer, mouse, touchpad, keyboard shortcuts)
  • Option to rename multiple files at once
  • Built-in support for compressed files and for Google Drive
  • Undo support for trash (BZ#1383353)

The xorg-x11-drv-libinput driver has been added to the X.Org input drivers

The xorg-x11-drv-libinput X.Org driver is a wrapper driver for the low-level libinput library. This update adds the driver to the X.Org input drivers. After you install xorg-x11-drv-libinput, it is possible to remove the xorg-x11-drv-synaptics driver and get access to some of the improved input device handling offered by libinput. (BZ#1413811)

Change of default driver for some Intel and nVidia Hardware

This change affects:
  • 4th Generation Intel Core Processors and later
  • nVidia GeForce 8 hardware and later
The default DDX driver has changed to be xf86-video-modesetting.
Previously the defaults were xf86-video-nouveau and xf86-video-intel for nVidia and Intel hardware respectively. (BZ#1404868)

dconf-editor is now provided by a separate package

The upstream dconf team have split the dconf-editor into its own package. This release reflects that change.
In addition, the user interface has been redesigned in version 3.22.
  • The tree view on the left side has been removed.
  • Keys and directories are now shown in the same window.
  • The ability to go back in the hierarchy has moved to the path shown in the header-bar. (BZ#1388931)