How To Install GNOME 3.14 On Ubuntu 14.10 Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, GNOME 3.14 has been recently released, finally working well with PackageKit’s Pacman (the Arch Linux package manager) back-end, the GNOME Software now being capable to utilize native AppStream meta-data.

Among others, GNOME 3.14 comes with a rewritten Adwaita theme, new animations for the launched applications have been added, two new applications to feed results to the system search have been made available via one keystroke, Clocks will now return search results for world cities, a new tool Go Go GTK+ Inspector has been implemented for the developers, the GNOME Photos application got better integration with Picasa, Android and Google+ and the spinners have been enhanced and the HiDPI support has been improved.

How To Install GNOME 3.14 On Ubuntu 14.10 Systems

With each GNOME release, the GNOME developers have to explain to the Linux enthusiasts and fans why the latest GNOME iteration is never available in the to be released Ubuntu version, unlike Fedora and Arch Linux.

The reason why GNOME 3.14 will not be available as default on Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 is because the latest GNOME release ready after Ubuntu reaches the Freeze, meaning that no new features can be added, all the developers focusing on squashing bugs.

So, GNOME 3.14 has been released in late September, while Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn is scheduled for release on the 23rd of October, so the GNOME developers couldn’t have tested everything for bugs, even if they were allowed to implement changes after the Freeze.

In this article I will show you how to install GNOME 3.14 on Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

Because all the required packages will be soon available via the GNOME Unstable PPAs, in order to properly install GNOME 3.14 on Ubuntu GNOME 14.10, we have to add all the needed PPAs to our system, update the local repository index and perform a normal system upgrade:

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ricotz/testing
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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