Not the whole GNOME stack has reached version 3.5.2 so we can’t review it just yet. But we can share what Matthias Mclasen post in his blog -and enrich it a bit :)
User Menu, Font Viewer and accessible high contrast theme are some of the first changes.
Believe it or not, there is no Suspend option! One of the most controversial features of Shell, has gone away and we now have once again the standard Power Off by default. Suspend option will be still available with the < alt > ernative button.
The Online Accounts buttons is also hidden under the System Settings, and that is the position it belongs. You just need it once to setup your online accounts, I never understood why they had it on a quick menu.
A rewritten font application is landing and while most people don’t care much about it, is a welcome addition, as I personally need it :) What makes that app a bit special is that uses the next generation pattern of GNOME 3 applications, similar to boxes, contacts etc..
More and more applications are following that approach and while it feels a bit “strange” at first, we can benefit by that logic, with the full screen optimizations and a more comprehensive interaction interface for example.
The high contrast theme also received some love and improvements, but this is just a small step to GNOME’s accessibility goals. In three point six we’ll see a massive development to this area, including huge improvements to the Orca screen reader.
Input sources support has finally landed! This is just fantastic!
Input Sources is a project where input methods and keyboard layouts are integrated in an uniform, understandable way under GNOME 3. That will help the GNOME users to have a clear indication what is the system user interface language, keyboard layout, input method languages, locale formats etc.. and of course modify them!
This is a sensitive and hard to achieve goal mostly by design, and as far I can tell GNOME designers follow the Apple way -or vice versa :)
Finally Mclasen says “Application menus are now very well adopted”. Oh well I will definitely disagree on that. GNOMEs Application Menus so far is a catastrophe and while it is a great design idea, it is very bad implemented at the moment. We’ll have an extensive review on this when GNOME beta will be released, and I just hope they will greatly improve that area :)
That’s all for now, we will cover more three point five news soon!
Sources: blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/, live.gnome.org/ThreePointFive/Features