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Update GNOME to the latest upstream release


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 17
  • Last updated: 2012-04-23
  • Percentage of completion: 100%

GNOME 3.3.91 is included in the F17 beta. An update to 3.4.1 is ready to land once the beta freeze is lifted. Most of the new modules have been packaged and gnome-utils has been obsoleted.

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 and user panels will see major work, and Wacom tablet support will be improved. The application that have been introduced in 3.2, gnome-contacts and gnome-documents, will gain more features (e.g. collections in gnome-documents). A new application, gnome-boxes, will provide easy access to VMs.

For detailed descriptions and designs of the features that are being worked on for GNOME 3.4, see the feature list.

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:
  • When all gnome-utils successor packages are in rawhide, dead.package gnome-utils, and adjust comps (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 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 this GNOME release, see the release notes.

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