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Update GNOME to the latest upstream release


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 19
  • Last updated: 2013-01-23
  • 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, privacy, sharing
  • Support for more online accounts
  • Better accessibility
  • Improved IBus integration
  • New applications
  • Fallback mode is going away in 3.8. Instead, there will be a set of supported extensions that is grouped together in a 'classic mode, which provides a more GNOME 2-like user experience

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

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora stays in sync with upstream.


  • Keep existing GNOME packages updated
  • Follow upstream module changes
    • gcalctool -> gnome-calculator 896449
    • gnome-games -> many little game modules
  • Package the extensions and session definition for classic mode (Done, part of the gnome-shell-extensions package)
  • 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

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.

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