Changes in GNOME 3.24
Other changes include:
- on machines with two graphics cards, you can now select the GPU to use when launching an application (via right clicking the app / game in the Activities). Under the hood, this uses vga_switcheroo with the switcheroo-control package and it only works with open source drivers. Note that switcheroo-control is not available in Ubuntu 17.04, at least for now, but is available in the GNOME 3 Staging PPA;
- icon theme (Adwaita) updates: improved various device, file type and application icons, including document and folder icons. The high resolution icons are now 512x512px (up from 256x256px);
- Wacom settings are now compatible with Wayland. Furthermore, Stylus configuration was improved, allowing styli to be configured independently;
- Flatpak now supports downloading URIs as a part of application installation. This allows applications like Spotify and Skype to be supported;
- toggle between power-off / suspend button on long-press;
- the mouse cursor size can now be changed (this should be available in Settings > Universal Access according to the changelog, however, it’s not there in Ubuntu 17.04 for some reason, which does have gnome-control-center 3.24.0, but it’s still available via Dconf: org > gnome > desktop > interface > cursor-size).
GNOME 3.24 applications
Recipes is a new application added with GNOME 3.24:
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- can now automatically ask for a password if additional permissions are required to open a file or folder (e.g. a system folder where only root has access). There’s no context menu to open files or folders as root – for that, see THIS article;
- F2 can now toggle between selection modes, full file name or only file name without extension;
- recent files are now always files that only the user accessed, rather than any program/daemon like Dropbox updating the access time.
- improved overview with bigger thumbnails that automatically resize to fill the available space;
- includes new exposure and blacks editing tools;
- can now display GPS information.
Web (default GNOME web browser):
- new address bar which is now visible at all time, except in web app mode;
- redesigned user interface for bookmarks management. Smart bookmarks support was removed;
- new popover that displays a list of open tabs;
- a more visible warning is displayed when accessing insecure password forms;
- Web now includesEasyList filters;
- added a new personal data dialog that allows viewing and clearing tracking data;
- added a new search engine dialog along with support for search engine bangs;
- experimental HTTPS Everywhere support. This is disabled by default and needs to be enabled at build time;
- experimental support for bookmarks sync between Web (Epiphany) browsers via Firefox Sync (it cannot sync with Firefox). This is disabled by default and needs to be enabled at build time.
- it can now handle apt and snap URLs;
- new icons that indicate when applications are installed;
- updated presentation for user ratings;
- it now displays the disk space an application is using in the installed view;
- added a setting for downloading updates on metered connections (available via Dconf under org > gnome > software > refresh-when-metered).
- a new popover is displayed when clicking on a username, allowing you to start a conversation if the user is online, or request a notification when an offline user comes online;
- spell checking;
- can now run in the background.
Other GNOME applications changes include:
- Builder includes ehanced support for various build systems, including Flatpak, Cmake, Meson and Rust. The app can now install and update SDKs and toolchains for Flatpak or Rust;
- Calendar now includes a week view.
Getting GNOME 3.24