GNOME 42.alpha is now available. This is the first unstable release leading to 42 stable series.
While usually we don’t highlight changes in the announcement, this is a big transitional cycle and here is what you can expect for GNOME 42.
- libadwaita is released and GNOME 42 will be hard depending on it.
- A couple of apps and modules are migrating to GTK 4 and libadwaita, and this will continue in the next cycles as well.
- Modules have ported to libsoup3.
- The gnome-desktop module can be built against GTK 4 now and the internals were split in 3 libraries.
- libgweather has been ported to GTK 4.
In addition, for the 42 Flatpak runtime the following modules were removed. You can still bundle them in your applications, but they won’t be part of the runtime.
If you want to compile GNOME 42.alpha, you can use the official BuildStream project snapshot. Thanks to BuildStream’s build sandbox, it should build reliably for you regardless of the dependencies on
your host system:
The list of updated modules and changes is available here:
The source packages are available here:
This release is a snapshot of development code. Although it is buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development
For more information about 42 release, the full schedule, the official module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 42 wiki page:
GNOME Release Team