In addition to an optional focus on mobile devices, which is reflected not least in the Gnome file manager Nautilus, and even more consistency in the GUI design, Gnome 43 and its browser Gnome Web – formerly Epiphany – for the first time also extensions in the form of the so-called web extensions.
GUI with even more consistency
So far, very little was known about Gnome 43, only the optional alignment of the file manager Nautilus to mobile devices and form factors as well as a new image viewer written in Rust and GTK 4 called “Loupe”, which also uses the central GUI design concept of the in-house library ” Libadwaita” has leaked to the public so far. But in the meantime some other innovations have become known.
All relevant Gnome design concepts are brought together in the Libadwaita GUI library. It also includes new widgets and existing content from Libhandy and the Human Interface Guidelines.
Extendable like Firefox and Chrome
Linux users who want to try the feature now can do so in the current alpha version of Gnome Web 43 with the following Activate commands and test them now.
flatpak remote-add –if-not-exists gnome-nightly https://nightly.gnome.org/gnome-nightly.flatpakrepo flatpak install gnome-nightly org.gnome.Epiphany.Devel flatpak run –command=gsettings org. gnome.Epiphany.Devel set org.gnome.Epiphany.web:/org/gnome/epiphany/web/enable-webextensions true
Due to the still very early development phase, however, the makers point this out , users should not yet count on 100 percent stable operation of the new function.
About the extensions for the open source browser from Mozilla, so-called Firefox Extensions, corresponding add-ons can already be installed.
Extensions should be final with Gnome 43
In the final version of Gnome 43, which after will be released on September 21st of this year, all extensions for Firefox and Google Chrome should also work with Gnome Web. The website itfoss.com has already tried some of them successfully.