The GNOME devs are working around the clock these days to release the second milestone towards the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, which is expected to land for various GNU/Linux operating systems later this year.

The fact of the matter is that we expected to be able to take the GNOME 3.21.2 milestone for a test drive yesterday, May 25, 2016, which didn’t happen, which means that there’s still a lot of bugs to be fixed and core components to be updated before we’ll be able to take GNOME 3.21.2 for an actual test drive.

We’re monitoring the GNOME development cycle very closely these days, and in the last couple of days there was zero activity on the project’s FTP server, but today a few more packages started appearing, including the GTK+ GUI toolkit, which has been updated to version 3.21.2.

GLib wrappers replaced with upstream gettext

As usual, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal changelog for this new GTK+ release, so we can tell you what new features have been implemented. And it looks like there are only a couple of major changes for GTK+ 3.21.2, such as the replacement of the GLib wrappers with upstream gettext (0.19.7 or later).

The second major feature implemented in the GTK+ 3.21.2 snapshot is better support for the GdkMonitor API (Applications Programming Interface) in the GDK component, providing richer information about connected outputs. Of course, there are also the usual Wayland improvements, bug fixes, and translation updates.

So, if you want to take GTK+ 3.21.2 for a test drive, you can download the sources right now via our website and compile it on your GNU/Linux computer. As usual, please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, which means that it’s not yet suitable for use in production environments.

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