Andre Klapper printed in Gnome Live the first release schedule draft for Gnome 3.8. The initial release of Gnome 3.8 is coming out in October 22 (3.7.1) while the stable version (3.8) will arrive in March 27, 2013.
No matter the dates, Gnome 3.8 will bring exciting new features, new Apps, and of course a GTK3 with full Wayland support. It could also be the last release of Gnome3, before jump to version 4.0.
Gnome 3.8 Release Schedule
|0||Sep 24||GNOME 3.6.0 stable tarballs due||Start of new feature proposals period for 3.8|
|Sep 26||GNOME 3.6.0 stable release|
|0||Oct 06||Boston Summit conference|
|Oct 07||Boston Summit conference|
|Oct 08||Boston Summit conference|
|3||Oct 15||GNOME 3.6.1 stable tarballs due|
|Oct 17||GNOME 3.6.1 stable release|
|4||Oct 22||GNOME 3.7.1 unstable tarballs due||End of new feature proposals period for 3.8|
|Oct 24||GNOME 3.7.1 unstable release|
|5||Oct 29||Feature proposals discussion heats up.|
|6||Nov 05||Release Team meets about new feature proposals for 3.8 with community input up to this point.|
|7||Nov 12||GNOME 3.6.2 stable tarballs due|
|Nov 14||GNOME 3.6.2 stable release|
|8||Nov 19||GNOME 3.7.2 unstable tarballs due|
|Nov 21||GNOME 3.7.2 unstable release|
|12||Dec 17||GNOME 3.7.3 unstable tarballs due|
|Dec 19||GNOME 3.7.3 unstable release|
|16||Jan 14||GNOME 3.7.4 unstable tarballs due|
|Jan 16||GNOME 3.7.4 unstable release|
|19||Feb 04||GNOME 3.7.5 unstable tarballs due|
|Feb 06||GNOME 3.7.5 unstable release|
|21||Feb 18||GNOME 3.7.90 beta tarballs due||The Freeze: UI Freeze: No UI changes may be made without approval from the release-team and notification to gnome-doc-list@; Feature Freeze: new functionality is implemented now; API/ABI Freeze for 3.7.x: Developer APIs should be frozen at this point; String Change Announcement Period: All string changes must be announced to both gnome-i18n@ and gnome-doc-list@.
New APIs must be fully documented
Writing of release notes begins
|Feb 20||GNOME 3.7.90 beta release|
|23||Mar 04||GNOME 3.7.91 beta tarballs due||String Freeze: no string changes may be made without confirmation from the l10n team (gnome-i18n@) and notification to both the release team and the GDP (gnome-doc-list@).|
|Mar 06||GNOME 3.7.91 beta release|
|24||Mar 11||Start of new feature proposals period for 3.10|
|25||Mar 18||GNOME 3.7.92 rc tarballs due||Hard Code Freeze: no source code changes can be made without approval from the release-team. Translation and documentation can continue.|
|Mar 20||GNOME 3.7.92 rc release|
|26||Mar 25||GNOME 3.8.0 newstable tarballs due||Hard Code Freeze ends, but other freezes remain in effect for the stable branch.|
|Mar 27||GNOME 3.8.0 newstable release|
|29||Apr 15||GNOME 3.8.1 newstable tarballs due|
|Apr 17||GNOME 3.8.1 newstable release|
What’s coming in 3.8
The most highly anticipated feature in 3.8 will be the support of Wayland. Even if the Distros don’t run it by default, Wayland will exist in repositories of the most distros and GTK 3.8 will be compiled with Wayland flags.
Gnome 3.8 will introduce a bunch of new applications, a re-designed Nautilus (and many more re-disigned apps), a better notification system for Gnome Shell, and a more integrated environment with Cloud services. We will also see an improved Software App and an improved package-kit.
Although the new feature proposals period for 3.8 is officially starting in September 24, discussions have already begun and you can watch them @ ThreePointSeve Features in Gnome Live.
*Dates are not yet freezed. This is a draft!