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GNOME 3.14


Update GNOME to the latest upstream release, 3.14


  • Name: Matthias Clasen
  • Email:
  • Release notes owner:
  • Product: Workstation
  • Responsible WG: Workstation

Current status

Detailed Description

The new features for GNOME 3.12 and 3.14 include:

  • More complete hi-dpi support
  • gnome-software better integrated
    • app folder configuration in the overview
    • software updates in the poweroff dialog
    • support for application add-ons
  • totem is now Videos
  • New applications:
    • gnome-logs: A systemd journal viewer
    • gnome-sound-recorder: A simple utility for audio recordings
    • polari: A irc client
  • Google cloud print support
  • Windows live email support
  • A terminal search provider
  • Multi-touch support in the desktop and applications
  • A revamped theme
  • Wayland support merged into mutter

The Wayland port of GNOME is in beta quality in 3.14.

Benefit to Fedora

Fedora stays in sync with upstream.


  • Proposal owners:
    • Keep existing GNOME packages updated
    • Follow upstream module changes
      • Obsolete mutter-wayland (Done)
    • Package new applications and new dependencies of existing GNOME packages for GNOME 3.12:
      • gnome-logs (Done)
      • gnome-sound-recorder (Done)
      • polari (Done)
    • Package new applications and new dependencies of existing GNOME packages for GNOME 3.14:
      • adwaita-icon-theme (Done)
      • vte291 (Done)
  • Other developers:
    • Package new dependencies:
      • libinput (Done)
  • Release engineering:
    • Extract app data for gnome-software during package builds and provide it in repositories
  • Policies and guidelines:
    • Add app data expectations to packaging guidelines

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Upgrading from GNOME 3.10 to a newer release should not have a major impact. Compatibility of installed shell extensions cannot in general be guaranteed. GNOME 3.12 introduces a setting to disable the version check for adventurous users.

How To Test

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

Specific testing for new features: TBD

User Experience

Notable additions or changes to the GNOME user experience in 3.12 include:

  • The app folders that are used in the overview can now be managed in gnome-software
  • GTK+ dialogs are using header bars
  • Open terminals appear in the search results in the overview
  • Wired network status is again being shown in the system status area
  • Geolocation (geoclue) is also reflected in the system status area
  • Open dialogs no longer disappear in the overview
  • Software updates are offered in the GNOME shell poweroff dialog

Notable additions or changes to the GNOME user experience in 3.14 include:

  • gnome-software details pages are accessible from the overview


As part of the Wayland port, GNOME now depends on libinput. Launching of Wayland sessions from gdm requires logind.

Contingency Plan

GNOME 3.12 will be released in March 2014, so it is not in doubt that we'll be able to ship it in Fedora 21. 3.14 may or may not fit into the Fedora 21 schedule.

  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? Complete Wayland support may require 3.14


Release Notes

Fedora 21 includes the latest version of the GNOME desktop, 3.14. For more information about what is new in this GNOME release, see the release notes.