Linux News Today: Epiphany Web Browser to Let Users Run System Web Apps Outside the GNOME Desktop
As mentioned earlier in our news story about the features coming to the Orca 3.22 open-source screen reader and magnifier, the GNOME developers are currently working hard on releasing the third snapshot towards GNOME 3.22.
Shipping later this year, on September 21, GNOME 3.22 will be the next major update to the open-source and modern desktop environment most of you use on your GNU/Linux operating systems. GNOME 3.22 is currently in development, under the GNOME 3.21 umbrella, and the GNOME 3.21.3 snapshot should be out on June 22.
As part of the GNOME 3.21.3 milestone, many of the core components and applications received improvements, new features, and the usual bug fixes. In this article, we will tell you what’s coming to the Epiphany web browser, which has been updated to version 3.21.3.
What’s new in Epiphany 3.21.3
Among the new features coming to the Epiphany web browser and available for public testing right now as part of the Epiphany 3.21.3 development release, we can mention the ability to run system Web Apps outside the GNOME desktop environment, as well as the option to toggle the Web Inspector tool using keyboard shortcuts.
Furthermore, it looks like the downloads popover will be enabled only for the active window, which should increase the overall performance of the web browser. Then, large standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and HTML icons are now supported for Web App icons, and the default size of Web App icons has been increased to 192px.
Last but not least, users will finally be able to middle-click the titlebar to send Epiphany to the background. The web browser currently requires the WebKitGTK+ 2.13.1 or later engine. Also, the User Agent (UA) will now be modified when the web browser runs in Web App mode.
The usually updated translations are present in the Epiphany 3.21.3 release, which you can download right now via our website. However, please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, so you should not install it on your stable GNU/Linux operating system just yet.