In recent years the development cycle of several GNU / Linux distros, As well as that of some essential apps like Firefox, Chrome and others, has accelerated a lot. And this requires a lot of coordination and a schedule that has to be very strict as a poorly updated bookstore can create huge instability, which is why sometimes the developers they have to make unpleasant decisions in favor of the best option for everyone, no matter how much this includes leaving out a version much awaited by users.
This has been the case with GNOME 3.16, Which was released in late March and that’s why it didn’t become part of Ubuntu 15.04 Viviu Verbet, but as we know it’s not difficult to upgrade once we already have the operating system installed and fully configured. It is not a revolutionary version but it certainly brings several interesting new features, for example its rather improved notification center, with interactive notifications and now displayed at the top of the screen.
Essential applications on this desktop were also updated, for example the file explorer (Files, formerly known as Nautilus), the image viewer, the Boxes virtual image management tool, or the map tools. and timing among others, so we are clearly facing an interesting version of what it offers in terms of productivity and workflow improvements.
Before continuing we want to warn that the procedure we are going to show involves modifying central issues in the operation of Ubuntu 15.04 Viviu Verbet and that is why the result, although stable and safe, can give the occasional error as often happens when we tested trial versions or ‘Testing’ in the case of other distros such as Debian. Many prefer or need what is, but there are also the most daring who are always looking for something new, so this mini-tutorial is aimed at them. upgrade to GNOME 3.16 on Ubuntu GNOME 15.04.
The first thing we need to do is to install the GNOME 3 Staging PPA, An experimental code repository that has most of the 3.16 version packages (some of which are in nightly versions and therefore quite experimental yet). This is not like the regular GNOME 3 repository, where software is tested and compatible with production environments, but as we said recently we are going to show this procedure for those who like to try new versions all the time.
We first update and verify the arrival of new packages:
# Apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -i
# Add-apt-repository ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3-staging
# Add-apt-repository ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3
Now we need to update GNOME:
# Apt-get update && apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-session
However, this tutorial is aimed at flavor users Ubuntu GNOMEBut as we know in GNU / Linux we can install desktops easily so if we are using some other flavor, for example Lubuntu and want to try this we can also do it, although in this case the installation process lation will prompt us to select a login manager, which can be gdm or lighdm.
Then we can install apps that are part of the GNOME desktop:
# Apt-get install epiphany-browser gnome-music gnome-photos polari gnome-weather gnome-maps
Once this is done we restart the computer to complete the installation and we will be using GNOME 3.16 with all its improvements. We can try it and see how it goes, and although we should not have major drawbacks if this is the case we can always go back. To downgrade from GNOME 3.16 to GNOME 3.14, which is what we had before we started:
# Apt-get install ppa-purge
# Ppa-purge ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3-staging
# Ppa-purge ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3
We restart the computer and we will be like before we start reading this post.