Many people are wondering how to install latest Gnome in their distro which usually is an Ubuntu. Unfortunately this can’t be done and you have to wait for the next release from Canonical. The same applies for Fedora and pretty much for every no-rolling release distro.
Next I print a table to help you understand what Gnome is included in each distro.
Gnome in Distros
I just checked on the two distros that are following strictly Gnome release schedule, Fedora & Ubuntu.
|3.0 | Apr 06 2011||15 | May 24 2011||11.04 | Apr 28, 2011 |
|3.2 | Sep 28, 2011||16 | Oct 25, 2011||11.10 | Oct 13, 2011|
|3.4 | Mar 28, 2012||17 | May 29, 2012||12.04 LTS | Apr 26, 2012|
|3.6 | Sep 26, 2012||18 | Dec 11, 2012 ||12.10 | Oct 18, 2012 |
|3.8 | Mar 27, 2013||19 | Dates N/A||13.04 | April 25, 2013 ?|
|Gnome 3.0 was included in Ubuntu 11.04 though a 3rd party PPA. Ubuntu 11.04 kept Gnome 2.32 and introduced Unity. A classical joke was: Canonical always ship an older Gnome, so nothing new on that :)|
| Fedora traditionally has many delays. Fedora 18 was originally schedule for November 6 but it postponed 5 weeks, to December 11 mainly because of bugs in re-designed Anaconda. Another week delay might happen.|
| In 12.10 an Ubuntu Gnome spin was introduced known as Ubuntu Gnome Remix (not final name I think) \o/|
| The plan is for Ubuntu 13.04 (and Ubuntu Gnome Remix) to stick with GNOME 3.6|
So the rule is that you cannot use a newer Gnome in a release that doesn’t support it according to above table.
Apart for the above two there are three more descent distros, Arch, openSUSE and Mageia. I didn’t include these because Mageia has a 9month schedule, openSUSE has 8month release schedule (or it can be rolling-release) and Arch is a pure rolling release which ships latest Gnome in about the day (from unstable repos) of the release in the past years.
Gnome 3.6 is available for Arch users after almost one month after the release but this version is a bit special in the sense that it requires systemd.
Ubuntu Gnome 12.10: The worst ever release by Canonical, Ubuntu quality got surprising lower ..but still the best release overall due it’s un-beatable Debian-based package manager (apt) and its extremely good support (community+companies).
Fedora 18: By far the best Fedora ever release and the purest Gnome distro ..but still suffering from its package manager. Yum will be substituted from DNF in Fedora 19 (?). Red Hatters say DNF will be the most sophisticate package system, we can’t but believe them :)
openSUSE 12.2: Includes Gnome 3.4 (updated to Gnome 3.6 / September 28). OpenSUSE is the absolutely workstation with plenty of tools installed by default. Not really targeting for a Desktop use, but certainly can serve this purpose. SUSE is also proud to run Watchon a AI system from IBM (known as Jeopardy! - Champion) which recently became Dr. Watchon for its contribution in healthcare.
Arch: Not much to talk about. The only real Linux Rolling Release Distro. It works perfect with Gnome and is perfect in every aspect. Targeting to experience users and installation is really painful. Amazing documentation to everything and the most advanced and friendly Linux community around.
Mageia 3: Version 3 is scheduled for next March 20 and is the most anticipated new distro. It ships Gnome 3.6 and is the only serious effort for mainstream Linux Desktop ..after Ubuntu of course!
A way to use the very latest Gnome is to compiling it from sources. This can be done with the help of JHBuild. Gnome pays a lot of attention on this project and you can watch the introduction of JHBuild. However JHBuild is for developers only.
It is hard to compile Gnome, JHBuild has many bugs and the worst part is that you need like 5-6 hours to deploy a very basic Gnome Installation (at least in my case, 6cores, 8Ram). In any case whoever is interested should check on it.
Did you know?
Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist, and he is considered from some people as the father of computer science. Watch the studies in http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com/whatson/spirals-count.
A theory about the occurrence of mathematical patterns in nature, developed by computer scientist and code-breaker Alan Turing before his death in 1954, has finally been proven.
Turing believed that the seeds in a sunflower head conform to the Fibonacci code, a sequence of numbers in which the next figure is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 and so on.
And this weekend (October 28) in Manchester it was announced that Turing’s theory was indeed correct, thanks to sunflower growers and counters around the world.
The finding was the result of a citizen science project called Turing’s Sunflowers, the initial data from which has shown that 82 per cent of sunflowers recorded had a Fibonacci-type structure.
Source: Yahoo News