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GNOME Shell 3.9.4 Release!

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The 4th release of GNOME Shell 3.9 series keeps a low profile with no fancy new features for end users, but with many bug fixes and clean ups. An improved notification system will probably arrive at version 3.9.5 (jul 31), while a complete list of all new features of Shell 3.10 will be available after GUADEC (Aug 1 – Aug 8) and before the beta release (Aug 21).


Hand and photo belong to Ekaterina Gerasimova (GNOME Contributor)

GNOME Devs are trying GNOME in the 239 PIXELS/INCH screen of Google’s Chromebook Pixel, to improve visuals (like icons) in high definition displays. Pixel also features a touch screen, but the 1299$ Pixel’s price isn’t really attractive if you want a touchy GNOME ;)


GNOME Shell 3.9.4 doesn’t contain any major visually differences than 3.8

3.9.4 Changelog (2013-07-10)

  •  Fix chat entries not being focused when expanded [Jasper; #698778]
  •  Fix alignment of “Not Listed?” label [Mathieu; #702307]
  •  Fix alignment of time stamps in chat notifications [Carlos; #687809]
  • Round the ends of slider trough [Jasper; #702825]
  • Add support for “box-shadow: none” [Cosimo; #702782]
  • Keep chrome below popup windows [Florian; #702338]
  • Move the session list to a popup menu [Ray; #702818]
  • Fix autorun notifications for “non-native” volumes [Matthias; #703418]
  • dnd: Speed up by not picking on each motion event [Jasper; #703443]
  • Fix management of asynchronous background loading [Lionel; #703001]
  • Rework focus handling [Jasper; #700735]
  • Optimize box-shadow rendering [Lionel; #689858]
  • Remove support for fixed positioning in BoxLayouts [Florian; #703808]

Misc bug fixes and cleanups [Adel, Jasper, Florian, Ray, Lionel, Emilio]

#702849, #610279, #703132, #703105, #703160, #703126, #703304, #703403,  #698593, #703442, #703565, #700901, #703874, #703807, #703893, #703909

Mathieu Bridon, Giovanni Campagna, Cosimo Cecchi, Matthias Clasen,  Fran Diéguez, Adel Gadllah, Lionel Landwerlin, Florian Müllner, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort, Carlos Soriano, Jasper St. Pierre, Ray Strode

3.9.3 Changelog (2013-06)

  • Don’t push window thumbs when workspace switcher is hidden [Jasper; #701167]
  • Tweak timeout for activating windows during XDND [Adel; #700150]
  • Fix ellipsization in control buttons in app picker [Carlos; #696307]
  • Fix DND to empty dash [Florian; #684618]
  • Fix OSD window appearing below system modal dialogs [Rui; #701269]
  • Clear clipboard on screen lock to prevent information leak [Florian; #698922]
  • Allow session mode specific overrides schema [Florian; #701717]
  • window-switcher: Only show windows from current workspace by default [Florian; #701214]
  • logout dialog: Show the correct text right away [Matthias; #702056]
  • bluetooth: Port to bluez 5 [Emilio; #700891]
  • dateMenu: Allow events to span multiple lines [Giovanni; #701231]
  • gdm: Clear message queue when no more messages are pending [Jonh; #702458]

Misc bug fixes and cleanups [Jasper, Florian, Adel, Giovanni]

#693836, #700972, #701386, #700877, #701755, #698918, #701224, #702125, #701954, + #701849, #702121]


Giovanni Campagna, Matthias Clasen, Fran Diéguez, Adel Gadllah, Rui Matos,  Florian Müllner, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort, Carlos Soriano, Jasper St. Pierre, Jonh Wendell

3.9.2 Changelog (2013-05-28)

  • Use a symbolic icon for DESKTOP windows [Matthias; #697914]
  • Move paint state cache into StWidget [Jasper; #697274]
  • gdm: Fix regression where domain login hint not shown [Stef; #698200]
  • Make calendar keyboard navigable [Tanner; #667434]
  • Hide “Open Calendar” item when no calendar app is installed [Lionel; #697725]
  • Update how branding appears on login screen [Florian; #694912, #699877]
  • Allow OSD popups to grow if necessary [Marta; #696523]
  • Fix offset of shadow offscreen rendering [Lionel; #698301]
  • Fix insensitive button preventing empty keyring password [Stef; #696304]
  • Allow cancelling keyring dialog between prompts [Stef; #682830]
  • modalDialog: Show spinner while working [Stef; #684438]
  • overview: Only show close buttons for windows that may close [Jasper; #699269]
  • Add input purpose and hints to StEntry and StIMText [Daiki; #691392]
  • Set input-purpose property for password entries [Rui; #700043]
  • Provide a DBus API for screencasting [Florian; #696247]
  • overview: Disable hotcorner during DND [Jasper; #698484]
  • polkitAgent: Allow retrying after mistyped passwords [Stef; #684431]
  • Add a way to get backtraces from criticals and warnings [Giovanni; #700262]
  • Allow switch-to-workspace-n keybindings in overview [Florian; #649977]
  • Update man page [Matthias; #700339]
  • Add FocusSearch DBus method [Florian; #700536]
  • Hide frequent view when app monitoring is disabled [Florian; #699714]
  • Show switcher popup for switch-to-workspace-n keybindings [Elad; #659288]
  • gdm: Update the session chooser style [Allan; #695742]
  • Fix some app folders getting truncated at the top [Florian; #694371]
  • Don’t block the message tray while a notification is showing [Jasper; #700639]
  • popupMenu: Allow for an optional border for slider handle [Florian; #697917]
  • Re-lock screen when restarted after a crash [Colin; #691987]
  • Synchronize input source switching with key events [Rui; #697007]
  • Switch input source on modifiers-only accelerator [Rui; #697008]
  • Allow input source switching in message tray [Rui; #697009]

Misc bug fixes and cleanups [Alban, Jasper, Giovanni, Florian, Rui, Tomeu, Stef, Gustavo]

#698863, #699799, #699800, #676285, #699975, #700097, #698812, #698486, #700194, #695314, #700257, #699678, #700356, #700322, #700394, #700409, #700595, #700625, #691746, #700620, #700807, #659288, #700784, #700842, #700847, #700488, #700735, #696159, #700900, #700853, #700923, #700944, #697661, #700854, #700190, #699189, #701097


Elad Alfassa, Alban Browaeys, Giovanni Campagna, Matthias Clasen, Allan Day, Tanner Doshier, Lionel Landwerlin, Rui Matos, Simon McVittie, Marta Milakovic, Florian Müllner, Gustavo Padovan, Jasper St. Pierre, Daiki Ueno, Tomeu Vizoso, Stef Walter, Colin Walters

3.9.1 Changelog (2013-04-30)

  • Add additional toggle-overview keybinding [Matthias; #698251]
  • Disable shortcut when sticky keys are enabled [Matthias; #685974]
  • Disable tray context menu while a notification displays [Jasper; #695800]
  • Watch GApplication busy state [Cosimo; #697207]
  • Disable style transitions if animations are disabled [Jasper; #698391]
  • Filter out hidden applications from “Frequent” view [Giovanni; #696949]
  • Fix window previews swapping place randomly [Jasper; #694469, #698776]
  • Add support for serialized GIcons in remote search providers [Cosimo; #698761]
  • Fix hotcorner regression in RTL locales [Jasper; #698884]
  • Allow some keybindings to work while a top bar menu is open [Florian; #698938]
  • Make open-app-menu keybinding a toggle action [Florian; #686756]
  • Only recognize common URL schemes in notification messages [Monica; #661225]

Misc fixes and cleanups [Tim, Jasper, Florian, Giovanni, Owen]

#698531, #698622, #698427, #698483, #698513, #697203, #698959, #698918, #699029, #699075, #696720, #649748]


Giovanni Campagna, Cosimo Cecchi, Monica Chelliah, Matthias Clasen, Tim Lunn, Florian Müllner, Jasper St. Pierre, Michael Wood, Owen W. Taylor

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  • Dread Knight

    Nice! Any info about that upcoming improved notification system?

  • Admiral Marcus

    Transparent top panel in overview?

    • Michael Mistretta

      If you zoom in, you’ll notice is you zoom in to the picture more that the top panel is still black, though this makes me kind of want a transparent top panel in overview now. The glare makes this easy to miss.

      • George Farris

        Just install “Activities” extension and you can set the panel transparency. This really should be a normal feature of GNOME panel.

        • Michael Mistretta

          I think I’ve installed it before but I removed it because I was having an extension conflict that would cause Gnome Shell to randomly purge all extensions and go back to default.. does it change transparency in overview only though?

          • George Farris

            I used to have this problem but it seems to be fixed now. The transparency is in all modes.

    • alex285

      hmm? Where did you see the top panel transparency?

      • Michael Mistretta

        The glare is so bad on that picture I had to zoom in to notice that it was using the ‘stripes’ wallpaper. What I thought was the wallpaper was actually reflections from the window and the trees outside. (Actually makes the illusion of pretty cool wallpaper lol).

        • IsacDaavid

          This is why I dislike glossy screens

    • gevera

      You can set the transparency of the top panel by using this extension. Check in the settings

  • Eslam Mostafa

    what is this laptop?

    • Kekun

      It’s a Chromebook Pixel.

  • ApostolisA

    so, I guess it runs on Pixel smoothly, or is it a different OS (possibly GNOME OS)?

  • anon

    gentoo and gnome? jajajaja

  • Magneira

    Is there any way to install gnome 3.9 on fedora, or any other os?

    • alex285

      Yes, with Fedora Rawhide or Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 + GNOME Repos

      • Magneira

        Tks for the reply! do you think that fedora Rawhide, which as far as i know is what will become fedora 20, is stable enough to use daily? Its for my personal computer, not for work or anything.

        • alex285

          Most of the time is, but is possible to get a broken GDM and be lockdown from the UI. From my personal experience, most of the issues in Rawhide are coming from GNOME. Is better to wait for GNOME Beta release before trying Rawhide, except if you can have dual boot.

          • Magneira

            Tks again for the reply!