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Early Preview | Shell 3.14 On Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

GNOME 3.14 is releasing in September and Ubuntu-GNOME in October, therefore this is an early access to the development versions of both of them. However Ubuntu development releases are quite stable and the same also applies for GNOME, so it should be a very usable system.

Running GNOME in Ubuntu won’t give a genuine GNOME experience and not all things work as supposed to, but on the other hand Ubuntu will give you the best out of Linux desktop (the term is wrong) in general, meaning easy access to all available software, free and no-free.

Something you should keep on mind if you prefer GNOME over Unity is that is recommended to install Ubuntu GNOME and not Ubuntu and install GNOME after. The interplay of the two desktops when we add GNOME PPAs is really bad.

Also getting GNOME from official PPAs of Ubuntu, it is an poor GNOME “clone” and additionally it would be an old version too. It isn’t very good idea to make a judgement out of it. It isn’t even a worth to try it like this.


Get latest GNOME On Ubuntu GNOME

That involves three steps. Download Ubuntu GNOME, add PPAs and reboot.


A You will need to download one of the daily Ubuntu GNOME images. To burn the ISO you can watch this YouTube guide.

Prefer the 64bit architecture and if you have an UEFI, boot the USB from there. Install as normal and update the system.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Every time that upgrade will keep packages back, try dist-upgrade.

$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

B Then add the PPAs.

We are going to use the bleeding edge snapshots. Two things.

  1. Read the details on PPAs
  2. You have to know how to use ppa-purge and apt-get

PPA-purge disables a PPA and reverts to the official packages if applicable. The syntax is very simple

$ sudo ppa-purge the-PPA-to-remove

The PPAs you need to add are:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ricotz/testing

After that, update

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade //or dist-upgrade

C You’re done, just reboot!

There’re a more few things you should do. First to try Systemd which is a soft-dependency to GNOME and second  to run GNOME On Wayland. I’ll try to make a new post for these two.


Overall

GNOME is depended in some degree on GNOME-Software, and GNOME-Software isn’t available in repositories. GNOME Software helps us to create Application-Folders in Shell, makes applications easily discover-able from Shell through a search provider, and more.

ubuntu-software-center
Software Center is here, GNOME Software isn’t.
Notice the bad stylesheets that happen even with the light theme

In general there are some smaller issues as well (eg theming, gsettings, super+right click, and others), missing software and not all GNOME modules aren’t updated to the latest (yet). Ofcourse this is still an early release (technically not even release!).

For now just a screencast. Open Source and proprietary in perfect harmony with a single click in Ubuntu!

Ubuntu GNOME with the Testing PPAs at the moment has many many bugs concerning GNOME implementation that don’t happen for example in Fedora 21.


A last thing you should know is that GNOME 3.14 is going to bring huge improvements, so it is a worth to update to it.

As a matter of fact is always important to update on the latest desktop releases no matter what Linux desktop you’re using. They all do bring many many improvements that make your life easier. Easier means less nerves -happier :)


 
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