Early Preview of Gnome Shell 3.14 On Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

GNOME 3.14 is releasing in September and Ubuntu-GNOME in October, therefore this is an early access to the development versions of both of them. However Ubuntu development releases are quite stable and the same also applies for GNOME, so it should be a very usable system.

Running GNOME in Ubuntu won’t give a genuine GNOME experience and not all things work as supposed to, but on the other hand Ubuntu will give you the best out of Linux desktop the term is wrong in general, meaning easy access to all available software, free and no-free. Something you should keep on mind if you prefer GNOME over Unity is that is recommended to install Ubuntu GNOME and not Ubuntu and install GNOME after. The interplay of the two desktops when we add GNOME PPAs is really bad. Also getting GNOME from official PPAs of Ubuntu, it is a poor GNOME “clone” and additionally it would be an old version too. It isn’t very good idea to make a judgement out of it. It isn’t even a worth to try it like this.

Get latest GNOME On Ubuntu GNOME

That involves three steps. Download Ubuntu GNOME, add PPAs and reboot.

You will need to download one of the daily Ubuntu GNOME images. To burn the ISO you can watch this YouTube guide.

Prefer the 64bit architecture and if you have an UEFI, boot the USB from there. Install as normal and update the system.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Every time that upgrade will keep packages back, try dist-upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then add the PPAs.

We are going to use the bleeding edge snapshots. Two things.

  1. Read the details on PPAs
  2. You have to know how to use ppa-purge and apt-get

PPA-purge disables a PPA and reverts to the official packages if applicable. The syntax is very simple

sudo ppa-purge the-PPA-to-remove

The PPAs you need to add are:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ricotz/testing

After that, update

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade //or dist-upgrade

You’re done, just reboot!


Overall

GNOME is depended in some degree on GNOME-Software, and GNOME-Software isn’t available in repositories. GNOME Software helps us to create Application-Folders in Shell, makes applications easily discover-able from Shell through a search provider, and more.

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In general there are some smaller issues as well (eg theming, gsettings, super+right click, and others), missing software and not all GNOME modules aren’t updated to the latest (yet). Ofcourse this is still an early release (technically not even release!).

For now just a screencast. Open Source and proprietary in perfect harmony with a single click in Ubuntu!

Ubuntu GNOME with the Testing PPAs at the moment has many many bugs concerning GNOME implementation that don’t happen for example in Fedora 21.


A last thing you should know is that GNOME 3.14 is going to bring huge improvements, so it is a worth to update to it.

As a matter of fact is always important to update on the latest desktop releases no matter what Linux desktop you’re using. They all do bring many many improvements that make your life easier. Easier means less nerves -happier 🙂

via Early Preview | Shell 3.14 On Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 | woGue.

Faience Theme now available for Ubuntu 14.04

 

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Faience Theme is a Gnome Shell theme created by tiheum, the owners of the most popular theme, Faenza and Faience icon themes. According to the developer, Faience is a Work In Progress that include GTK3, GTK2, Metacity and Gnome-Shell themes and an icon theme based on Faenza, so if you encounter any bugs or issues with the installation or use, submit a comment with the developer.

The latest Faience theme release 0.7  comes with a Flatter look, it’s compatible with Gnome 3.10 and it comes in three variants; Faience, Faience Claire and Ocre.Support Gnome 3.10 only needs Murrine GTK2 and Unico GT3 engines to work properly.

Gnome-shell and icon themes are available to install via a PPA repository, install it by the following commands into your terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tiheum/equinox
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install faience-theme

 

Use Unity Tweak Tool or Ubuntu Tweak to set the theme

via Faience Theme now available for Ubuntu 14.04 | Sysads Gazette.

Install the Ubuntu-Studio Blue on Black (Adwaita) Theme in Ubuntu 12.04 – 14.04

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I always loved the default Blue on Black look that came with Ubuntu Studio, but never really liked the Desktop Environment, so after a little digging and trial and error I’ve finally found out how easy it is to install this beautiful theme on Ununtu Unity, I’ve yet to test the theme on other flavours of Ubuntu, so if you guys ever try it out on, let’s say Kubuntu, or Lubuntu, come back and let me know how it works.

To Install Ubuntu Studio Blue on Black, enter the following command into your Terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard

Once installed it’s just a matter of going to System Setting – Appearance and selecting the “Adwaita” option from the theme selection menu:

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Installing this theme will also install the standard Icons for Ubuntu-Studio, which I kinda like, but if you prefer they can be changed to a different Icon theme using either Ubuntu-Tweak or the Unity Tweak tool.

Numix Bluish A Variation Of Numix Theme, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

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Numix is popular theme created by satya, Numix Bluish is moded version of Numix GTK3 theme. It is kind of flat theme with the combination of dark and light elements, it supports Gtk 2/Gtk 3, Xfce, Unity, Openbox, and it also works well in Gnome Shell/Gnome Classic/Mate. Plastic-Colored icons used in screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool or Ubuntu-Tweak to change themes/icons.

To install Numix-Bluish theme in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/Linux Mint 16 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install numix-bluish-theme

via Numix Bluish A Variation Of Numix Theme, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint – Ubuntu/Linux News, Reviews, Tutorials, Apps.

Upgrade to GNOME 3.12 in Ubuntu 14.04

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If you’ve recently installed or upgraded to Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS then you will no doubt be enjoying a stable, dependable GNOME Shell experience.

But I suspect that the more nerdcore users among you would rather trade in the stability that’s offered up by default for a newer, badder, and potentially much buggier experience. You want to know how to upgrade to GNOME 3.12 in Ubuntu 14.04?

Well, I’m here to show you how. First though, I need to get all parental with you.

GNOME 3.10 is default for a reason

GNOME 3.12 was released in late March to much fanfare and some fantastic reviews. But despite going ‘stable’ before Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, released last month, it is not available to install from the Ubuntu 14.04 repositories — why?

Simply put it came too late in the development cycle to give enough time to thoroughly vet, test and ensure it was up to the standards an LTS release commands, and its users expect. Defaulting to the older 3.10 release makes sense as it benefits from having an extra cycle of thorough testing under its belt.

It’s for this reason that upgrading to GNOME 3.12 is not recommended.

Understood? Great, let’s move on to the fun stuff.

How to Upgrade to GNOME 3.12 in Ubuntu 14.04

To follow this guide correctly you need to be running the latest release of Ubuntu (14.04 LTS) or Ubuntu GNOME. If not, stop now; you must upgrade before you continue. If you don’t you can expect a whole world of hassle to follow.

If you’re running the regular version of Ubuntu (i.e., the one with Unity) then you should go ahead and grab GNOME 3.10 from the Ubuntu Software Centre before proceeding.

Add the GNOME 3.12 PPA

It was originally expected that GNOME 3.12 would be made available through the standard GNOME Team PPA following the release of Trusty. Three weeks hence, that hasn’t happened. As of writing it contains a handful of minor 3.10 packages and not anything related to the newest release.

However, the GNOME Team Staging PPA does contain all of the various 3.12 packages one needs to upgrade. Adding this archive should, the developers behind it say, result in a desktop that ‘runs smoothly’ but that packages included within have not been deemed ‘ready for general use’.

Providing you’re a dab hand with the PPA Purge tool you should be okay to continue. First, let’s check for and install any outstanding distribution updates:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Install any packages waiting by hitting the enter key.

Once complete, or if you have no pending updates at all, you can add the GNOME 3 Team Staging PPA. To do this, open a new Terminal window and enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

You’ll be prompted to enter your password before the upgrade process can begin. Pay attention to any notices or alerts given. If all is acceptable agree to the installation by hitting the ‘y’ key.

Extras

For a true GNOME experience you may wish to grab some of the new GNOME applications, such as the Polari IRC client, GNOME Maps and the GNOME Web browser. To install these three in particular run the following command:

sudo apt-get install epiphany-browser gnome-maps polari -y

 

After everything has finished doing what it needs to, you’re safe to reboot!

After Care

Logging In

If you’re coming from Unity, Xfce or another desktop environment don’t forget to select the GNOME session from the login screen before logging in.

Drawbacks

New Apps

GNOME Weather & GNOME Maps in 3.12

For me, in my lone experience, GNOME 3.12 on Ubuntu 14.04 runs pretty much fine. There do not appear to be any significant performance regressions after upgrading, though I do see the odd, infrequent visual glitch that occurs when opening the activities overlay, and the occasional disappearing drop shadow from under an app. But as bugs go these are hardly deal breakers.

Performance seems to be on par with GNOME 3.10; applications open with just as much pep and there are no noticeable drops in interactivity.

I was marginally disappointed to find that the all new GNOME Videos application has not been packaged up in this PPA. One suspects there are reasons for this (likely requiring a newer version of gstreamer).

With the lack of testing this has received, bugs are pretty much guaranteed. If you want stability stick with the thoroughly tested GNOME 3.10.

Downgrade from GNOME 3.12 to 3.10

But if you want shiny new features and access to the latest builds of GNOME apps then don’t be afraid to give the staging PPA a whirl. You can always ‘downgrade’ using PPA Purge if things go awry.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

 

via Upgrade to GNOME 3.12 in Ubuntu 14.04 | Best of Ubuntu.

Customize GTK3 / GTK2 Theme Colours Using `GTK Theme Preferences`

Satya, who’s behind some beautiful GTK and GNOME Shell themes, has created a cool new tool that lets you customize GTK theme colours in Ubuntu 12.04 – 14.04.

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Right now, `GTK Theme Preferences` (that’s the name of the tool) works with any GTK2 and GTK3 themes and lets you customize the following:

– Selected background colour

– Xfce panel, Gnome panel and Unity panel: background and text color

– Menu background and font colour

Even though this is a brand new tool, it seems that GTK Theme Preferences might be included by default in the upcoming Xubuntu 13.04.

A similar feature was available in GNOME 2 by default, but unfortunately it wasn’t included in GNOME 3 and since then, GNOME (this includes Unity) users who like to customize the GTK theme colours had to do it manually, by changing configuration files. Well, that’s not the case any more thanks to GTK Theme Preferences. The application comes with a limited set of features for now as you can see (which are still very useful), but hopefully it will gain even more customization options in the future.

Install GTK Theme Preferences by entering the following commands into your terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shimmerproject/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gtk-theme-config

 

via Customize GTK3 / GTK2 Theme Colors Using `GTK Theme Preferences` ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog