And it arrived just few hours before the 3.8 beta release! However Shell will ask probably some more time before “features freeze” as there are more exciting things to come.
Categories removed, application groups came, there is now a view for frequent use applications, and many new animations added. There is still some work going on and maybe the final release will be a bit different than what I am showing now.
I wish I could do a screencasting, but mouse cursor is frozen in Shell Recording and FFMPEG makes blue screens. So I just took some screenshots.
Categories have now been removed (I personally had this extension that also removes them in 3.6) and instead there are grouped applications that you can customize(3.10). That doesn’t affect people that only were using search.
Opening a group acting the same way as the normal Shell Mode. You can launch applications, drag them to favorites etc. All Right Click Context Menus, are now also accessible with Left Long Press, for touch devices. There is also an Arrow Icon in the graphics here that Print Screen seems to hide it :)
The Frequent view shows the most frequently used applications. Shell remembers your last choice view, so if you last time you chose ALL, next time Shell will open to this view.
Notifications are also hidden in overview and that makes sense after the new “Pressure Sensitivity” behavior. However you can open Notification Tray if you want to.
Dock has been removed from Search Overview. Actually is getting hidden with a nice sliding animation.
- Remove Categories: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=694192
- FolderIcons: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=694192
Besides these changes, there are many new animations in many parts like Login Screen, and also smooth scrolling is here in many Shell Components (not working to every hardware. I am not sure if this is going to be the very final Look of GNOME Shell but I hope not. Not because I don’t like the changes, I do, but because some new things are almost done to come, like the pin locker.
Giovanni Campagna has made the patches that are awaiting for review before they push them into master (hopefully). After Accounts Service bits land, he will ask for a second freeze to get the config and Shell parts.
But there are much more things like the revisited Activities Overview Drag and Drop.