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Gnome Shell 3.7.2 release ..with support for Search Providers!

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In Gnome Shell 3.7.2 there are so many changes that is impossible to even mention them,  is one of this cases that you just need to try it your selves ..and we are just in beginning! Almost every single aspect of Gnome Shell  has a minor change and is all about polishing.

Obviously the most noticeable changes will be the Integrated Search and Notification Filtering ..but there is much more!

Keep on mind that GCC patch for Search Panel hasn’t been merged in Master, so it might be different in its final form.


  • Enforce RTL in he for messages that might end up as LTR [Florian; #686630]
  • gdm: Move logo into the panel [Florian; #685852]
  • Hide notifications when closed button is clicked [Jasper, Florian; #682237]
  • Tweak screenShield animations [Rui; #686745]
  • Restore Fittsability of summary items in message tray [Florian; #686474]
  • Save screencasts as recent item [Ray; #680647]
  • overview: Resize window captions on content change [Giovanni, Alex; #620874]
  • App search: Match GenericName too [Matthias; #687121]
  • runDialog: Better match style of other modal dialogs [Florian, Allan; #687127]
  • Improve the button insensitive style [Stéphane; #687110]
  • network: Don’t use a global switch for all VPN connections [Giovanni; #682929]
  • appMenu: Update on icon theme changes [Florian; #687224]
  • Show ‘Log out’ in more situations [Matthias; #686736]
  • Add a setting to force the ‘Log out’ menuitem [Matthias; #686057]
  • overview: Improve styling of search box [Stéphane; #686479]
  • Implement ‘disable-user-list’ in login screen [Ray; #660660]
  • Fix auto-scroll to bottom in chat notifications [Sjoerd; #686571]
  • Show feedback notifications when user is busy [Stéphane; #662900]
  • Disable login button when there is no input [Stéphane; #687112]
  • Use non-linear overview shade for background [Giovanni, Pierre-Eric; #669798]
  • Reduce blocking in compositor thread [Simon, Jasper; #687465]
  • network: new country-specific type to gather providers [Aleksander; #687356]
  • Update man page [Matthias; #680601]
  • st-entry: Change the pointer cursor on enter/leave events [Thomas; #687130]
  • screenShield: Blur and desaturate the background [Giovanni, Cosimo; #682536]
  • Change height of chat notifications to have more context [Carlos; #665255]
  • screenShield: Account for motion velocity when hiding [Giovanni; #682537]
  • screenShield: hide the cursor while the lock screen is on [Giovanni; #682535]
  • Support remote search provider settings [Cosimo; #687491]
  • unlockDialog: Improve label of confirmation button [Stéphane; #687656]
  • userMenu: Rename “System Settings” item to “Settings” [Elad; #687738]
  • messageTray: Add keybinding to focus current notification [Stéphane; #652082]
  • Remove shell-screen-grabber [Neil; #685915]
  • main: Stop using Metacity’s keybinding files [Florian; #687672]
  • Bluetooth: Remove ObexFTP functionality [Bastien; #688160]
  • a11y: Also set WM theme when HighContrast is switched on [Cosimo; #688256]
  • network: Rework multiple NIC support [Giovanni; #677142]
  • Rework keybindings to allow selective blocking/processing [Florian; #688202]
  • recorder: Show indicator on primary monitor [Adel; #688470]
  • recorder: Set frame duration to fix broken video headers [Adel; #688487]

Similar to search providers, there will be also notification filtering while there are some patches for adding ownCloud in GOA.

Misc. bugfixes and cleanups

  • #686484 – userMenu: Hide menu immediately before suspending
  • #686728 – messageTray: Fix lightbox
  • #686805 – calendar: Handle calendar-server errors
  • #686574 – close-window.svg is overscaled in GNOME shell
  • #686763 – Extensions should be disabled in lock screen
  • #682428 – plymouth => gdm transition doesn’t look very good
  • #687132 – Misc fixes for the login dialogs
  • #685239 – screen locks with modals still up
  • #687189 – Drop unnecessary libedataserverui dependency
  • #687226 – Chat status chooser – “Unavailable” should be “Offline”
  • #658091 – Transparent background for available/unavailable IM status menu makes text difficult to read
  • #670687 – reboot confirmation dialog uses system-shutdown icon
  • #687457 – layout: Remove message tray pointer barrier
  • #687242 – keyboard: simplify using Caribou.KeyModel.label
  • #687287 – gnome-shell-perf-tool: Fix various problems
  • #687020 – Screen shield is not lowered on automatic suspend, session can never be unlocked on resume
  • #686583 – Regression: Dash item labels fail to report accessible names
  • #661194 – Reject seems a bit harsh for not wanting to pick up the call
  • #687491 – Support settings for search providers
  • #657315 – Highlight application windows when hovering launcher icon
  • #687958 – power: “0 minutes remaining” when exactly 60 minutes are remaining
  • #683986 – MessageTray: fix reentrancy when calling out to the grab helper
  • #688089 – Stop using clutter alpha
  • #687708 – prevent lock in initial-setup mode
  • #686530 – Dash resize is delayed until you enter the overview
  • #684810 – Text fields in password dialogs expand behavior inconsistent
  • #688181 – Minor loginDialog fixes
  • #688475 – st-theme-node-drawing: Group multiple cogl_rectangle calls
  • #688557 – Login dialog user name – text shadow shouldn’t be horizontally offset
  • #688507 – cannot toggle messagetray from normal mode (only overview)
  • #638351 – String translation issues


Mutter 3.7.2

  • Fix spurious focus changes when showing desktop [Florian; #686928]
  • MetaPluginManager: don’t send events to Clutter twice [Owen; #686406]
  • Add the ability to add shader hooks to MetaBackgroundActor [Giovanni; #669798]
  • Only process keyboard mapping events for the core X keyboard [Rui; #674859]
  • Import keybinding files from Metacity [Florian; #687672]
  • Add compositor hook to process keybindings selectively [Florian; #688202]
  • MetaBackgroundActor: add a setter for GLSL uniforms [Giovanni; #682536]
  • Misc. fixes and cleanups [Jasper, Rui, Florian, Rico; #688182]

GDM 3.7.2

  • Various InitialSetup fixes
  • Ignore pam info messages for automatic logins
  • Unlock fixes
  • User switching fix on consolekit systems
  • Be more robust against empty user shells/home dirs
  • Create program session log file as root instead of after setuid
  • Properly reload gdm.schemas on SIGHUP
  • Bring back gdmflexiserver
  • Fix shutdown and restart with ConsoleKit (#686125)
  • Refactor autologin conversation handling (#682467)
  • Add host authorizations individually (#686186)
  • Make gdm socket world accessible (#685935)
  • Allow NULs in X11 cookies (#687691)
  • Dont set a busy cursor (#687791)
  • Use a whitelist for gsd plugins (#662220)
  • Drop obsolete desktop files (#684508)

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  • Brian Fagioli

    I am having many visual bugs with this release. Rounded edges of favorites bar is showing squared and “pixeled”. The rounded edges of search bar are cut off.

    • alex285

      Hello Brian,
      I can’t help, but can you please tell me your distro and your card/drivers? Just to know!

      • Brian Fagioli

        Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 with Ivy Bridge Graphics

      • Brian Fagioli

        I am sorry, I am actually on 3.7.1. Is there a more updated ppa with 3.7.2? I am upgraded to 3.7.1 using ricotz testing.

        • alex285

          I see, I don’t think you can get newer packages from a PPA. Except if you want to try to build it from sources. Sounds bad, but actually is pretty easy. Check on JHBuild ..I had some issues with that on Ubuntu.

  • Brian Fagioli

    also, my clock in the top menu bar shows military time even though I selected am/pm.

    • Antani

      “Military time”. America never ceases to surprise me.

    • JJ

      There was a bug fix in GCC that made AM/PM only available when you have translations for AM/PM do have in local language. May be that is an issue here?

    • Joshua Strobl

      Its not called military time, its 24-hour time. FFS.

      Start using it, its used globally. Throw out the Imperial measurement system while you’re at it.

      An American…Living In Spain

  • Lohen

    How can install this on Ubuntu 12.10

    • JJ

      ricotz testing ppa? Though not complete. You will get only gnome shell. No nautilus, GCC and it sooner or later going to break the system, so use it carefully!

  • 2eurocents

    You’re not using the default wallpaper. The brand has been contaminated. You shall come with me and answer some questions.

    Seriously though, is there an .iso I can download and then run off my SD card to check out these — enchantments? I don’t have Gnome installed anywhere, for now I just monitor its, well, progress.

    • alex285

      No need to be toxic :)

      There isn’t a live image to try it, I don’t know if any Gnome Distro has some daily builds.

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  • bob

    I hope Ubuntu’s Unity will support the search providers too!

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