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Update GNOME to the latest upstream release


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 19
  • Last updated: 2013-01-16
  • Percentage of completion: 30%

GNOME 3.7.4 is in rawhide.

Detailed Description

GNOME 3.8 continues development along the lines of 3.6:

  • building out the central features of GNOME 3: search, notifications
  • support for more online accounts
  • better accessibility
  • new applications

For detailed descriptions and designs of the features that are being worked on for GNOME 3.8, see the feature list.

It is also worthwhile to look at the current goals that are being targeted for 3.8. One of them is about porting all GNOME modules to python3, which will require a bit of packaging work in some areas.

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora stays in sync with upstream.


  • Keep existing GNOME packages updated
  • Package new applications and new dependencies of existing GNOME packages
    • photos (likely a preview in 3.8) Done
    • notes (likely a preview in 3.8)
    • weather (likely a preview in 3.8)
    • gnome-getting-started-docs Done
  • Introduce python3 packages as required:

How To Test

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

Specific testing for new features: TBD

User Experience

Overall desktop experience should be largely unchanged from F18. Noticeable changes in the details:

  • Redesigned search results display in the overview
  • New settings panels for search and notifications
  • Support for OwnCloud in online-accounts


Contingency Plan

  • If GNOME 3.8 does not happen in time for Fedora 19, ship a release candidate like 3.7.91
  • Upstream will also look at dropping individual features if they are not ready in time


Release Notes

  • Fedora 19 includes the latest version of the GNOME desktop, 3.8.

For more information about what is new in this GNOME release, see the release notes.

Comments and Discussion