GNOME 3.34 released, gets significant performance boost

Version 3.34 involves six months of work by the GNOME team and includes a number of improvements, performance improvements, and new features.

The new GNOME 3.34 is now available for download and comes packed with various improvements, performance enhancements and especially new features.

Although GNOME is quite popular in the Linux world, it doesn’t hurt to introduce the software to people who have just started with their Linux journey. Well, GNOME is a widely-used desktop environment that is aimed at UNIX-like operating systems. Its catch is that it’s highly user-friendly and carries an elegant look and feel to it. You will find this desktop environment in popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Manjaro, and Fedora.

This version of GNOME took six months in the making, which explains the plethora of changes accompanying this update. So without further ado, let’s get to discussing what the new GNOME 3.34 brings to the table.

What’s New

Under the codename Thessaloniki, GNOME 3.34 comes with newer designs for the applications, background and selection settings, and the desktop as well. Besides, users will also be able to choose custom backgrounds easily.

GNOME 3.34 Settings

There is also a new feature attached to Thessaloniki: custom folders. With this feature, users will be able to create a new folder just by dragging an app icon over another. It should also be mentioned that folders will be deleted once all the apps have been removed from them.

GNOME 3.34 Apps

Keeping developers in mind, the makers of GNOME have also made it more convenient to performance profile an application. Other than that, Builder has gone through a significant overhaul with the addition of an integrated D-bus inspector.

GNOME 3.34 Builder

Other changes include a better box workflow, improved browsing experience, background previews, and new icons.

Apart from all the features mentioned in the official news source, the new GNOME 3.34 also comes with better response time and consistency. With this update, users with older computers are expected to have a much faster experience. Even though it is still unclear how significantly the memory usage has been reduced, it is to note that window animations appear smoother.


Not only does this update give the users a taste of something new, but also comes with a variety of performance improvements that make the user experience even better. If you want to check out the full list of changes that accompany this version, go ahead and check out its release notes. And, for those who are too eager to wait for Linux distros to adopt GNOME 3.34, you can give a shot at building its source code that you can find here.

Zohaib Ahsan
Hi! I'm Zohaib Ahsan, contributor to FOSS Linux. I'm studying computer science, I’ve learned a thing or two about operating systems that are based on Linux. This has made me join FOSS Linux where I can share what I have learned with the rest of the world. Not to mention — some major tea is going to be spilled as well — as I share with you the latest developments in the world of Linux.


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