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Gnome 3.4 Released. Updated UI, New Apps, New Features

Gnome 3.4 Released on 28th March 2012. The Latest version of Gnome 3 comes with lot of improvements and updates. This gnome provides much more stable and rich interface for clutter free computing.

New Apps in Gnome 3.4

Lot of changes in the default applicaitons of Gnome 3.4 introduced.  The Address book app have  ‘Contacts’. UI Changes to Gnome organiser and Gnome ’Documents‘. A disk management utility ‘Disks’

The default chat client ‘Empathy’ gets improved video calling for all platforms. XMPP Powered Facebook and Live Messenger chat protocols make their official debut.

App Menus in Gnome 3.4

The feature App menu is now included on Gnome 3.4. In previous versions there is only a quit app is available. Now the list is extended. This will definitely speed-up the access to important features and tasks in a software. Not all apps got this feature but in coming future everybody benefit from this.


The Eppiphany browser got all the modern features needed for a modern web browser in the era of HTML5. Also the interface got slimmer by avoiding the menu. Only Just back and forward button, Address bar and the Usual Gear for settings on right side. So by the concept the browser is now modern.

Slimmer Scrollbars

The scrollbars got slimmer one. Trying to save more space for applicaiton.

Dynamic Wallpaper for Gnome 3.4

The default blue stripes wallpaper made dynamic. The lighting of the wallpaper will get brighter and brighter as the time passes. And it goes darker when the night falls. This was an old feature in Gnome 2. Fedora, Ubuntu uses this feature to change wallpapers and mood of the time. Now it is Back on Gnome 3

 Misc Improvements

Undo support in Nautilus
Smoother scrolling
Lot of UI Fixes
Better hardware support

Try New GNOME 3.4

There is a  Live CD ISO of GNOME 3.4 based on OpenSuSE can be downloaded from the GNOME website  gnome.org

Install GNOME 3.4 in Ubuntu 12.04

GNOME 3.4 packages that aren’t included by default in Ubuntu, such as Web, Contacts and Documents, will either be readily available to install through the Ubuntu Software Center .

Ubuntu 11.10 users can try Gnome 3.4 at their own risk

Just add the ppa. Update it then install Gnome 3.4

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

That is all Gnome 3.4 is in your hands.

In my personal experience the Gnome 3 is crashed only one or two times. Gnome 3.2 and Gnome 3.4 brings more stable foused on work desktop environment to everyday life.

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