GParted reaches version 1.0 after 15 years in development

GParted has been in development for nearly 15 years now and the team has released version 1.0. Nowadays, it is shipped with almost all Linux distributions by default.

Need a tool to manage the partitions of your drives? Need to fix a corrupted USB drive? Want to change the filesystem of a storage device? All of these questions and any similar ones almost always emerge with the same answer in any Linux user’s mind – GParted.

GParted or the GNOME Partition Editor is a tool for managing partitions of storage devices, and everything else related to it. Personally, it was one of the first tools in Linux that I learned about when I was starting on this journey. And it remains a companion. GParted can always be trusted to fix all your storage device problems.

GParted Interface
GParted Interface

GParted has been in development for nearly 15 years now. Nowadays, it is shipped with almost all Linux distributions by default, or at least in the installer to enable users to edit their drive partitions before installation. The big news at the moment is that GParted has finally reached its version 1.0 milestone!

“With this major change, we bump up the major version number. This 1.0.0 release is not meant to indicate that GParted is more stable or less stable than before. Instead, it means that GParted now requires gtkmm3 instead of gtkmm2. Note that several other dependencies have changed as well.” says the release notes.

New Features

1. Port to Gtkmm3

Here is the primary reason for the bumping up of the version number – the porting of GParted from Gtkmm2 to Gtkmm3. What this means is that the users will have a better GUI experience than before, as GTK3 (used in Gtkmm3) introduces a significant number of new widgets than the GTK2 (Gtkmm2) version.

2. Port to GNOME 3 Yelp-tools documentation

The next considerable upgrade is porting the documentation to the Yelp infrastructure. Yelp is the default help viewing the utility of GNOME, which merges many help/manual viewing programs, like the man pages. It makes the guides more comfortable to read and understand. Seeing this and the previous feature, it seems like a win-win for GNOME users! (Why not? After all, it is a part of the GNOME project).

3. Online resizing of extended partitions

GParted now allows online resizing of extended partitions. It refers to resizing the extended partitions that are in use at the time of resizing. This feature is particularly useful in the case of remote servers and virtual machines that do not allow easy restarting for the users living hundreds of miles away from it.

4. Support for F2FS

GParted has added support for F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System). Users can now read disk usage, grow and check the F2FS devices.

FACT: F2FS is a file system initially developed by Samsung for the Linux Kernel to support NAND based flash-memory storage devices (such as solid-state disks, eMMC, and SD cards).

5. Fix slow refreshing rate for NTFS

This issue came out to be quite frequent recently with GParted that the NTFS filesystems took longer than they should reload. This ‘fix’ has been added as a feature because it is essential and relevant to many users.

6. Bug fixes and language support

Other than the major features, GParted fixed many bugs that were in the last release and has added/upgraded support for several languages.

Conclusion

GParted is the most used program in case of partition management and through upgrades such as this one, its pretty clear that it will still be, for years to come. This new release fixes many things that the users have been struggling with. To reach the release notes, or to download the program, click on this link.

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Pulkit Chandak
Pulkit Chandak is a Linux enthusiast and has been using and experimenting with open source software and hardware too since a long time. He is a huge admirer of open source software and wants to ventilate it to all around him. He is interested in reviewing and writing tutorials on Linux and its many distributions. He believes that freedom in software leads to freedom of the mind from the chains of limits.

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