GNOME 40 Is the Next Major Release of the Linux Desktop, Coming March 2021

The GNOME 3 series is finally over! Now that the GNOME 3.38 release hit the streets, the development team unveiled earlier today that they are changing the versioning scheme and the development cycle of the next major release. Coming after GNOME 3.38, will be GNOME 40 (yes, Forty), due for release in March 2021. The development cycle of GNOME 40 will have three milestones: Alpha, Beta and RC (Release Candidate). After GNOME 40, the next major version will GNOME 41, and so on. As far as the point releases go, the versioning scheme will look like this: 40.1, 40.2, 40.3, etc.

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