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GNOME 3.26 Release Date Set

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Foot on the gas: development of the next release has begun

The GNOME 3.26 release date is set for September 13, 2017.

That’s the date listed in the full GNOME 3.26 release schedule, though is still subject to change (bugs don’t adhere to deadlines, after all).

Over the coming 6 months GNOME developers will work on honing, improving and revising the hugely popular open-source desktop environment.

As is tradition, GNOME 3.26 will be versioned GNOME 3.25.x during development. It’s only with the stable release that the desktop adopts an even-numbered name.

In the mean time there are plenty of development milestones to look forward to, with the first alpha expected in April. Two beta builds are planned for august:

  • GNOME 3.26 Beta 1 — August 9, 2017
  • GNOME 3.26 Beta 2 — August 23, 2017

Will GNOME 3.26 be in Ubuntu 17.10?

With the latest stable GNOME release making its way into Ubuntu 17.04 it’s not improbable that Ubuntu 17.10 may ship with the bulk of GNOME 3.26 onboard.

The first stable release of the GNOME 3.26 desktop is due on September 13, 2017. A point release, GNOME 3.26.1, will follow on October 6, 2017.

Expect more details and development plans to be discussed and set out at GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) in the summer (this cycle it is being held in Manchester, UK).