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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 16:10

GNOME 3.4 Released

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The GNOME Release Team has announced the availability of GNOME 3.4. This latest version comes six months after the last GNOME release and includes major new features, significant updates to a host of GNOME applications, and a huge number smaller fixes and refinements. Matthias Clasen, who oversaw the completion of the release, described it as “a great leap forward for GNOME 3”, adding “we hope that our users enjoy it.”
GNOME 3.4 introduces a range of new features. A new document search facility allows quick access to content stored both on your device and online. Smooth scrolling means that moving through content is slick and graceful. New application menus, which are located on the top bar, provide a useful way to access application options and actions.

The new release includes big enhancements to GNOME’s applications. The GNOME web browser, now known as Web, has been given a beautiful new interface for 3.4, as well as significant performance improvements. Documents and Contacts also sport updated interfaces and new features. These application enhancements are the result of a major development drive which is in the process of creating a new suite of modern and stylish GNOME 3 applications.

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Polishing and refining GNOME 3 has been a big focus for this release. This effort has resulted in a multitude of bug fixes and many other minor improvements. There are updated interface components, a much more polished visual theme, better hardware support, and much more. These changes add up to a major step forward in the quality of the GNOME 3 user experience.

Full details of the changes found in GNOME 3.4 can be seen in the release notes.

The new release continues GNOME’s tradition of regular and predictable releases, and incorporates an amazing 41,000 contributions made by 1275 people. Planning has already begun for the next GNOME release. If you want to be a part of our community, you can join us. You can also support us by becoming a Friend of GNOME.
Those wanting to try GNOME 3.4 are advised to wait until it is made available through distributions. More information about how to get GNOME 3 can be found on our website.

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#2 tiagosilva29

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 21:49

The return of Wanda the Fish! Yes Wanda, our trusty friend from GNOME 2, has returned. She's an easter egg, so we won't tell you exactly where to find her. Search and you'll receive.

They don't have time to fix severe quirks but when it comes to (unfunny) jokes they always manage to squeeze a couple of hours for that. *******s.

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#3 Farstrider

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 21:50

Have my Arch updated already, looking good!

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 21:52

So I'm assuming that for users in fallback mode, absolutely nothing has changed or been fixed.
Including the inability/bug to run gnome-tweak-tool without gnome-session.
And the gnome-settings-daemon bug I reported half a ****ing year ago which still hasn't even been acknowledged by gnome.

#5 Farstrider

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 21:59

They don't have time to fix severe quirks but when it comes to (unfunny) jokes they always manage to squeeze a couple of hours for that. *******s.

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A little harsh or what?


Since the last version, 3.2, approximately 1275 people made about 41000 changes to GNOME.



#6 tiagosilva29

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 22:27

Have my Arch updated already, looking good!

Can you check if they bothered to finally provide documentation for Contacts?

A little harsh or what?

No, not really. You'd have to read the IRC logs/emails to fully understand what I'm talking about.

#7 Growled

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 00:50

Does this still need mutter to run?

#8 Farstrider

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:04

In Arch I have mutter 3.2.2-2 (compositing window manager) (gnome) installed as well as clutter, a toolkit to provide visual effects and hardware acceleration, so I would venture a guess that it (Gnome) would need it to run.

#9 ViperAFK

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 15:50

Does this still need mutter to run?


Gnome-shell is completely integrated with mutter, its not going away.

#10 cybertimber2008

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 15:55

So I'm assuming that for users in fallback mode, absolutely nothing has changed or been fixed.

Most machines that once ran in fallback mode should now have the full gnome 3.x experience thanks to a breakthrough in software rendering. It's one of the major features of 3.4. Even works in KVM.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 00:21

Gnome 3 was the best thing that ever happened to my Linux experience. I discovered XFCE as a result :p

#12 ~Johnny

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:41

Funnily enough, Gnome 3 is what actually got me to keep my Linux partition on my hard drive. I actually really liked it :p

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 19:29

Funnily enough, Gnome 3 is what actually got me to keep my Linux partition on my hard drive. I actually really liked it :p

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:shifty: j/k

Gnome 3.x is slowly getting there. It just reminds me of Windows 3.x with the addition of multiple desktops. Imho, that is a step backwards.

I'm loving Unity at the moment which is a cross between Gnome 2, Gnome 3, Mac OS X and Windows 7. I suppose the Unity name sums up the united desktops.

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 20:50

mutter and clutter

#15 ~Johnny

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Posted 07 April 2012 - 23:37

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:shifty: j/k


You know, realistically I think I like it because I was never much taken with what I viewed as rather so-so efforts to try and replicate / spin OSX & Windows style interfaces, yet never look as good or a polished. But with 3.0 they really tried something that tried to make a break from that, and it was something a bit more unique and attention catching. (And easy to use from what I've experienced)

Also probably helps that I don't depend on Linux or Gnome to be my daily driver or care about it much at all, I just use it as a toy :p