Congratulations! If you’re here, you’ve heard about GNOME, and you’re curious to find out more, and maybe install it yourself. This page can help.
If you’re not quite clear on what GNOME is, we recommend reading the About GNOME page, which gives a basic overview of what we do and who we are, and links to lots more information about who we are, what we do, and why we think you should use our software.
GNOME releases a new stable version every six months, usually in March and September. If you want thoroughly tested software and a stable developer platform, the stable version is what you want. The current stable version of GNOME is GNOME 3.2, released in April 2011.
The latest stable version of GNOME is generally included after only a few days in the development version of most distributions, like Fedora, Foresight Linux, Gentoo, Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu, but also FreeBSD or OpenSolaris. Therefore, after a few weeks, you can get the latest stable version of GNOME by simply installing the latest version of your favorite distribution.
To get more information about what is new in GNOME 3.2, and how to get it, read the GNOME 3.2 start page.
Between stable releases, the GNOME developers hack on the development or ‘unstable’ branch of GNOME, where lots of fun happens, but also occasionally scary and unstable things happen. If you are interested in testing the newest features, or want to develop GNOME software, this is the release for you. The current development branch is GNOME 3.3, due for release in April 2012.
To get more information about GNOME 3.2, check out the GNOME 3.2 Release Planning page, which includes calendars, some feature notes, and other information.
If you’ve read up, and are ready to take the plunge, see our page on building and installing development versions of GNOME.
GNOME is a large, fun community, and we all work pretty hard to get this software out to our users. If you’d like to join us and help advance free, usable desktop software, we have some information on how to start getting involved.