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People don't like GNOME 42's inconsistent themes

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GNOME 42 is here, but its new look and feel doesn't yet include all of the environment. This is already causing rumblings of discontent.

This release is significant because soon it will be the default desktop of the next Long Term Support (LTS) version of Ubuntu. That means a lot of people will be looking at GNOME 42 every day until 2024.

GNOME 42 will also be the default in Fedora 36, though Fedora doesn't have LTS versions. A new version comes along twice a year so Fedora 37 will almost certainly have GNOME 43. If the GNOME-using members of the Red Hat community don't like the look of 42, they won't have to put up with it for long, but Ubuntu users must, or switch to the short-term support channel, which may not be viable for everyone.

As we mentioned in the GNOME 42 preview, the new look isn't just an easily changed theme. Like many modern desktops, GNOME uses a lot of web technology.

GNOME themes were described using CSS. Since GNOME 3, the default GNOME theme was Adwaita, and it was easy to install new ones, and there were lots to choose from.

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What’s new in GNOME 42

  • What’s new in GNOME 42

    GNOME 42 has landed. GNOME is one of the most used desktop environments, and a new release with so many new features is excellent news. GNOME has recently been focusing on the consistency of its interface and a smoother intuitive experience for its users (especially laptop users).

    This release brings upgrades, UI changes, improvements under the hood, and even new applications. Let us see what the significant changes to the system are.

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