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.

ubuntu-software-center

 

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.

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Get Linux Kernel 3.15.x

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The developers have just stated the development of Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) and they are now looking for the next kernel that will be implemented.

For now, the Linux kernel available is 3.13.x, which is the same from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The system is basically identical with the previous one, even if there are some changes that have been implemented already.

“Our Trusty kernel has been pocket copied to seed Utopic. We have opened the ubuntu-utopic kernel tree. The master-next branch is currently tracking the v3.15-rc3 kernel. We likely won’t upload a v3.15 based kernel until a few more -rc releases come out,” said Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury in the mailing list.

The new 3.15 kernel wasn’t adopted just yet and it will take a while until the Ubuntu developers get the new version implemented, but the groundwork has been prepared.

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) already has some daily builds available for download, but they are not for regular users. They are being used to sync with the latest Debian branches and to get a few other packages, but they are not ready for normal use.

The release date for the distribution was also set to October 16, but it hasn’t been determined with absolute certitude.

via Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Get Linux Kernel 3.15.x Soon.

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Daily CD Images Released for Testing

The Unicorn is Here

The Unicorn is Here

It’s not even two weeks since the latest LTS version of Ubuntu was released, and here we are, a new testable beta of the next Ubuntu is available for download:

“The first autosync with Debian is running right now, so don’t get overexcited and sync something by hand that the automated machinery will get to in the next hour. The buildds will be very, very angry with us for a couple of days due to the above autosync. Have some patience. Upload your merges, and don’t babysit the queues. You’ll thank me for it. You might even want to go out for a walk, get some fresh air, feed a duck, that sort of thing,” said Adam Conrad on the official mailing list.

The developer explained that ruby-defaults has been updated to version 2.1, boost-defaults has been updated to version .55, a new binutils snapshot has been added, and all the other packages have received some “tiny unicorns” (it’s probably a given that many of the Ubuntu developer’s statements will be littered with various puns).

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is also the perfect version for the developers who want to push some of the updates that didn’t make it into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) or that got rejected for whatever reason. This is the perfect playground for new packages, and users might see some very interesting things in the final released of Ubuntu 14.10.

“I know post-LTS releases are always an exciting barrage of tossing in all the things you didn’t think you could land in an LTS without the release team glaring at you, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. So, have fun, happy uploading, and do try to fix two bugs for every one you upload,” also said Adam Conrad.”

It’s probably not a good idea for the average user to go out there and grab a copy, beta + bugs, so it’s never advised to use any beta operating system on your main every day machine.

But, if you’re like me, a sucker for new stuff with no patience whatsoever, then you can grab the images here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

Create a LiveUSB as normal and give it a whirl before installing, and if you intend to install, I strongly advise you to back up all your data and settings first, just in case.

As you may have guessed, I’ve dived in the deep end and installed it as my main os on my only machine, so watch this space for updates on features as they come, and the occasional panicky post where things have totally wrong.