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Update GNOME to the latest upstream release


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 17
  • Last updated: 2011-12-13
  • Percentage of completion: 25

Most GNOME modules have been updated to 3.3.2 versions in rawhide.

Detailed Description

GNOME 3.4 refines the GNOME 3 user experience in a number of areas, from improved search in the shell overview, to theme improvements, to application menus. In the control-center, the network panel will see major work, and Wacom tablet support will be improved. A new application, gnome-boxes, will provide easy access to VMs.

For a list of features that are being worked on for GNOME 3.4, see http://live.gnome.org/ThreePointThree/Features

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora stays in sync with upstream.


  • Keep existing GNOME packages updated
  • Package newly independent submodules of gnome-utils
  • Package new applications and new dependencies of existing GNOME packages
    • libwacom (control-center)
    • gnome-boxes (new application)
    • libvirt-glib (gnome-boxes) [754436]
    • libosinfo (gnome-boxes) [756772]
    • gcr (gnome-keyring) [753016]
    • seahorse-sharing
    • seahorse-nautilus

How To Test

Generic 'desktop testing' is always appropriate for a major new desktop version.

Specific testing for new features: TBD

User Experience

Overall experience should be largely unchanged from F16. Noticeable changes in the details:

  • Applications can have an app menu containing more than just 'Quit'. We expect at least some of the new apps (gnome-documents, gnome-contacts, gnome-boxes) to make use of this
  • Maximized windows can gain more screen real estate by hiding their title bar. We expect some of the new apps to use this option
  • Unfocused windows will have an 'attenuated' appearance


Contingency Plan

  • If GNOME 3.4 does not happen in time for Fedora 17, ship a release candidate like 3.3.92
  • Upstream will also look at dropping individual features if they are not ready in time


Release Notes

  • Fedora 17 includes the latest version of the GNOME desktop, 3.4. For more information about what is new in GNOME, see the Gnome 3.4 [notes].

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