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Developers have issued the first point release to GNOME 3.28, which was released last month.

GNOME 3.28.1 brings a boat load of bug fixes for a stack of GNOME desktop components, modules and apps.

And, because I know you’ll want ask, the answer is no: a fix for the big GNOME memory leak issue is not part of this update (though work is taking place to address it, so don’t panic).

GNOME 3.28.1 Released

“Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.28, with many bug fixes, improvements [and] documentation updates,” GNOME developer Javier Jardón says in the release announcement.

Point releases are, by and large, made up of band aids and bug fixes. No major new features or user facing changes are typically included.

There are the a couple of notable fixes on offer in GNOME 3.28 that are worth knowing about:

  • Nautilus now allows deleting the desktop folder
  • Snap handling improvements in GNOME Software
  • Working bookmarks migration from Epiphany 3.24 to 3.28

Updated versions of GNOME Maps, Music and Photos also feature, as do updates to the GNOME Extensions backend, which should result in better performance.

You can see the raw change-log for further release details.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with GNOME 3.28.1 by default. If you’re running a pre-release version of Bionic you’ll be able to upgrade to this point release using standard software update tool during the coming days.

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