GNOME developer Carlos Soriano has just announced that the GNOME 3.30 desktop environment is ready for public testing. It brings back the classic GNOME Classic mode, allowing users to do more with the desktop icon. Starting with version 3.28 earlier this year, GNOME developers removed the Nautilus file manager that manages desktop icons but said it would bring a GNOME Shell extension instead.
As expected, users have expressed strong doubts about whether the latter can provide the same level of convenience. After all, the desktop icon stays for many years and won’t disappear quickly.
Both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS are equipped with desktop icons, which even introduced features that help users organise desktop icons in Mojave 10.14. Most GNU/Linux distribution users will not give up this feature quickly.
In addition to the regression of the Nautilus file manager, the upcoming GNOME 3.30 desktop environment adds support for Wayland, multi-monitor, and rubber selection.
If you can’t wait for the September 30 release, you can now try 3.30 on the GNOME Shell 3.28 release. Or install the latest Nautilus version, add the Desktop Icons extension after the single.