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Gnome-Shell Extensions auto-updates arrive in 3.6

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Chinese Deepin Linux is a good example that uses custom extensions  to deliver a different user experience for Gnome-Shell while the French Pear Linux overrides the JavaScript core Gnome-Shell files to succeed the same purpose while Mint Linux decided to just “fork” it (Shell).

Right now there are 2 ways to update your extensions. If you have installed them via your distro repos, extensions will be updated with a system update. If you have installed them through you have to visit that page again, navigate to your installed extensions and hit the update button (the green button with the up arrow).

Well, that isn’t “how the things should work”  specially in a Linux Box that everything gets auto-update.  So, in three point six we get an auto-update functionality, another small detail that will make Gnome more polished.

Note: Installing extensions via our distro package manager will place them under “/usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions ” and they will be available on all accounts in a multi-user system.  Installing extensions via (that is recommended) will place the extensions under “~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions ” and they will be available only for the current user.


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  • Da Elsta

    Great! Next thing - Google Calendar integration without Evolution

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  • TheloniusMonk

    Gnome3/Shell is the best thing since sliced bread.

    I absolutely love this beast!

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  • Iqtedar

    Gnome shell is still the best of the lot, but only when certain extensions are installed that should really be part of the default interface.