What To Expect From Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon, Nemo Changes)

The Linux Mint roadmap was updated recently, pointing out what to expect in Linux Mint 15 for Cinnamon, Nemo, MDM or Mint Tools.

Cinnamon bumpmapsCinnamon with Bumpmaps support
Linux Mint 15 is expected to ship with Cinnamon 1.8 which will include new features like:
Desktlets (desktop widgets). Three such desklets should be available by available by default: System Monitor, Picture video & slideshow frame and TerminalCinnamon Settings: ability to browse, install, remove and update Cinnamon themes, applets, extensions and desklets remotelyBumpmaps support (defines transparent textures which look like sculpted glass – see screenshot above)A Control Center that integrates both Cinnamon and GNOME settings into one toolRethink Cinnamon 2D: fallback to a non-shadow CPU-less intensive session in software rendering mode. Muffin or OpenBox will be used.Configurable color schemes for themesCalendar events similar to KDE’s implementationNew/improved applets: upgrade Menu applet with mintMenu features, new email notifier and pulse-like RSS reader applets

Nemo file manager
Nemo (the target version for Linux Mint 15 is Nemo 1.8), the default Cinnamon file manager should get some new features as well, like an Actions API, disk management (with Mintdisk integration), a file preview feature and UI improvements (which include sidebar selection, independent path bar, better looking breadcrumbs and more).
The latest Nemo from GIT has already got some interesting new features, like an updated sidebar which now displays the amount of free/used space for each drive or zoom buttons as you can see in the screenshot above.

MDM
MDM (1.2) should be updated as well for Linux Mint 15, getting a new renderer which supports animations and interactivity to get on par with Unity Greeter. Currently, MDM, which is a fork of the old GDM 2.20, looks a bit outdated, while LightDM supports a lot of cool stuff – like you’ve seen in the elementary OS Luna video we’ve posted a while back.

Other potential changes you can expect in Linux Mint 15 include UI improvements for Software Manager and live-installer, a new screensaver, new driver manager, add ubiquity features to live-installer.
Under “R&D” (research and development), it is even mentioned that it’s possible to switch away from dpkg: “investigation on pros and cons of dpkg compared to other packaging systems (multi-version installation, static/dynamic support, snapshots, delta, update reversals etc..)“.
The official Linux Mint 15 roadmap can be found on GitHub.

via Marco’s Box; first image via Linux Mint blog

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GNOME Shell 3.8 To Get A `Classic` Mode

Classic GNOME ShellTwo weeks ago, we were telling you that the fallback mode will be dropped from GNOME 3.8 and that some extensions which provide a GNOME 2 like layout might be maintained by the GNOME developers for those who are used to the classic interface.
Well, it’s now official: a few GNOME Shell extensions which bring back some “classic” features will be supported by GNOME. Among the extensions included are: classic alt tab, task bar, min/max buttons and a main menu.
Sure, there are a lot of extensions that can already mimic the classic/fallback session on extensions.gnome.org, but for each GNOME Shell release, the users have to wait for the developers to update them, and sometimes this takes a long time, so it’s not a real solution for those who want to always use a GNOME2-like UI.
But because these extensions are supported by the GNOME developers, it means they will work with each new GNOME Shell version, as soon as its released.
A final decision on how the users will be able to use these extensions hasn’t been made yet, but one of the ideas so far is to add a “classic mode” switch in GNOME Tweak Tool.
Note: the screenshot in this post does not represent any of the new extensions, it’s an old GNOME 3.0 image with some extensions.
via GNOME desktop-devel mailing list

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elementary OS Luna Beta 1 Available For Download

After more than a year and a half since ‘Jupiter’, elementary OS 0.2 Luna beta 1 has been released today.
Build on top of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and using its own shell called “Pantheon”, elementary OS Luna introduces a huge number of changes, including new default applications created especially for eOS or a new window manager called “Gala”.
elementary OS luna beta 1

Let’s take a quick look at what’s new in elementary OS Luna beta 1:

(direct video link)

Pantheon shell
Pantheon, the “shell” used by default in elementary OS Luna beta 1 uses a brand new window manager called Gala, based on libmutter, which features smooth animations and very interesting workspace switcher and expose features which you’ve seen in video we’ve posted above.
elementary os luna beta 1Workspace switcher

elementary os beta 1Expose

For system settings, elementary OS 0.2 Luna uses Switchboard, which comes with its own “plugs” – below you can see the desktop settings Switchboard plug:
elementary os luna system settings
elementary os switchboardSwitchboard

The top panel is called Wingpanel, and even though it doesn’t follow the same “wing” design like in the first versions, it’s nevertheless a nice addition to Luna, especially thanks to the beautiful design used by the indicators:
Wingpanel

For the menu / application launcher, Pantheon uses Slingshot, which follows the same design as the indicators and comes with two modes: one that displays large, uncategorised icons which will remind you of Unity and another one which displays the applications in categories:
Slingshot

At the bottom of the screen you’ll notice a dock – it’s called Plank and follows the “stupidly simple” elementary OS philosophy so there just a few configuration options (available in Switchboard). Plank supports some of Unity’s features like badges, progress indicators or quicklists:
Pantheon Plank

And finally, for the login screen, elementary OS Luna uses LightDM, with its own greeter (theme) and a really cool effect which again, you can see in our video above. Here’s the login screen:
elementary os luna login screen

Default applications
elementary OS Luna beta 1 continues to use Midori as the default web browser, Shotwell for managing photos, Empathy IM client, Totem for playing videos as well as Ubuntu Software Center.
For the default file manager, elementary OS 0.2 Luna beta 1 uses Pantheon Files, a Marlin fork which not only looks great, but it already has most features you’ll need in a file manager. There are even plugins for Ubuntu One or Dropbox available, though they aren’t installed by default:
Pantheon files

Geary, a new email client written in Vala, developed by Yorba (the team behind Shotwell) and the elementary team, has been added by default in eOS Luna, replacing Postler. The application integrates with the desktop: you’ll get new mail notifications, attachment handling and so on, but its feature list is not that great yet. Hopefully, the application will receive enough attention until the final release, because is has the potential of becoming one of the best Linux email clients.
Geary

Noise, a Beatbox fork (the two players might merge though), is the default music player and offers multiple views, equalizer, iPod sync, Internet radio support, Last.fm integration and other features you’ll need in a music player:

Noise music player

Other new default applications include: Scratch (text editor) and Pantheon Terminal, Maya (calendar):
elementary os luna mayaMaya – calendar app

Pantheon terminalPantheon Terminal
Scratch text editorScratch – text editor

This is obvious, but it deserves to be mentioned anyway: elementary GTK and elementary icon theme, designed by Daniel Fore, are of course used by default. Also, there’s no way to change these in Switchboard, but you can use the same tools that are available for Ubuntu if you want to do this.

Since it’s based on top of Ubuntu 12.04, Luna uses the Linux kernel 3.2.0-32, Xorg 1.11.4 and GTK 3.4.

Conclusions
elementary OS 0.2 Luna beta 1 is not only beautiful, but it’s also fast, lightweight and uses a consistent look throughout most of its default applications. And this is just the first beta, so Luna should improve further until the final release, for which, by the way, the date is not yet known.
The decision to drop Compiz and use Gala (which uses libmutter) by default seems very inspired because Gala offers a nice touch to the desktop with its beautiful animations: not too intrusive but also not something that goes unnoticed, along with cool workspace switcher and expose features. And on top of that, it seems quite stable too.
The default applications are extremely fast and lightweight, especially those developed by the elementary OS team – maybe too lightweight for some users (read: lack of options), but hey, you can’t have it all.

Download elementary OS 0.2 Luna beta 1
elementary OS 0.2 Luna is in beta, so you will find bugs! Don’t use it on a production machine!
To read the official release notes, see how you can contribute or download elementary OS Luna beta 1, see announcement @ elementaryos.org

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Linux Mint 14 RC Available For Download

linux mint 14Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” release candidate, based on Ubuntu 12.10, has been made available for download yesterday and, like the previous version, is available for download in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 14 Mate RC
linux mint 14 mate
Linux Mint 14 RC MATE edition features MATE 1.4, which brings lots of bug fixes, as well as some minor new features:
bluetooth and mate-keyring are now functionalDropbox support for Caja (file manager)Caja improvements: toggle button for text-based location bar, button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog and more

Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon RC
linux mint 14 cinnamon
Linux Mint 14 RC Cinnamon edition ships with the latest Cinnamon 1.6, which comes with a huge list of improvements. To name just a few:
a 2D session (uses software rendering)ALT + Tab improvements, including thumbnails or previewsimproved sound appletGrid view in Expopersistent workspaces to which you can give a namePanel: options to configure auto-hide delay and panel height have been addedadded window quicklists, an applet which lists all the windows available across workspacesadded a notification applet which keeps a history of desktop notificationsmany other new features and bug fixes
For more info about Cinnamon 1.6, including a video, see our previous post: New Cinnamon 1.6 Release Adds 2D Session, New Applets And More Customization Options

And of course, with Linux Mint 14 and Cinnamon 1.6, there’s also a new file manager: Nemo, forked from Nautilus 3.4.2, which incorporatest some features not available in Nautilus, like button to toggle between location bar and path bar, improved toolbar and more:
nemo file manager

MDM continues as the default display manager in Linux Mint 14. The new version supports legacy GDM2 themes so you can use any GDM theme without any modifications:
linux mint 14 mdm
Further more, 30 GDM/MDM themes are installed by default with Linux Mint 14. The latest MDM also features improved user switching and many bug fixes.

Other changes in Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon edition RC:
improved software managerMintStick replaces USB-ImageWriter, for a better UI and better progress reportingGedit 2.30 has replaced Gedit 3. According to the Linux Mint 14 changelog, this change was introduced because Gedit 2.30 “is a more mature/stable alternative, which provides more features and a much better search functionality than the latter version”.updated default theme to support GTK 3.6improved icon theme

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Download Linux Mint 14 RC | Read the official release notes

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Linux Mint 14 RC Available For Download

linux mint 14Linux Mint 14 “Nadia” release candidate, based on Ubuntu 12.10, has been made available for download yesterday and, like the previous version, is available for download in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon.

Linux Mint 14 Mate RC
linux mint 14 mate
Linux Mint 14 RC MATE edition features MATE 1.4, which brings lots of bug fixes, as well as some minor new features:
bluetooth and mate-keyring are now functionalDropbox support for Caja (file manager)Caja improvements: toggle button for text-based location bar, button to get the difference between files in the file conflict dialog and more

Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon RC
linux mint 14 cinnamon
Linux Mint 14 RC Cinnamon edition ships with the latest Cinnamon 1.6, which comes with a huge list of improvements. To name just a few:
a 2D session (uses software rendering)ALT + Tab improvements, including thumbnails or previewsimproved sound appletGrid view in Expopersistent workspaces to which you can give a namePanel: options to configure auto-hide delay and panel height have been addedadded window quicklists, an applet which lists all the windows available across workspacesadded a notification applet which keeps a history of desktop notificationsmany other new features and bug fixes
For more info about Cinnamon 1.6, including a video, see our previous post: New Cinnamon 1.6 Release Adds 2D Session, New Applets And More Customization Options

And of course, with Linux Mint 14 and Cinnamon 1.6, there’s also a new file manager: Nemo, forked from Nautilus 3.4.2, which incorporatest some features not available in Nautilus, like button to toggle between location bar and path bar, improved toolbar and more:
nemo file manager

MDM continues as the default display manager in Linux Mint 14. The new version supports legacy GDM2 themes so you can use any GDM theme without any modifications:
linux mint 14 mdm
Further more, 30 GDM/MDM themes are installed by default with Linux Mint 14. The latest MDM also features improved user switching and many bug fixes.

Other changes in Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon edition RC:
improved software managerMintStick replaces USB-ImageWriter, for a better UI and better progress reportingGedit 2.30 has replaced Gedit 3. According to the Linux Mint 14 changelog, this change was introduced because Gedit 2.30 “is a more mature/stable alternative, which provides more features and a much better search functionality than the latter version”.updated default theme to support GTK 3.6improved icon theme

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How To Get A Complete GNOME 3 Desktop In Ubuntu 12.10, Without Installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix

If you’re using Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity or some other desktop environment and want to switch to a complete GNOME 3 desktop experience without installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10, you can do this by simply installing a few packages.
Using the instructions below, you won’t just install GNOME Shell, but also the default settings and applications that come with Ubuntu GNOME Remix. There are also some optional steps to install the GNOME 3 applications which are missing from Ubuntu GNOME Remix.

sudo apt-get install full-gnome3-experience
No, the command in the header won’t work, but you’ll get a complete GNOME 3 experience in Ubuntu 12.10 by following the steps below.
1. Install the Ubuntu GNOME packages

To install the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 packages and get the default settings as well, use the command below. It will install GNOME Shell along with the GNOME3 core applications.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settingsWhen prompted, select GDM as the default display manager.

If you already had GDM installed and the package manager didn’t prompt you to choose between LightDM and GDM or you’ve selected LightDM by mistake, you can run the following command:sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdmAnd select GDM instead of LightDM (more about changing the display manager, here). You can use LightDM with GNOME Shell, but you won’t get the complete GNOME 3 experience – for instance, GNOME Shell won’t use the new GNOME 3.6 lock screen.
It is also a good idea to remove the “ubuntu-settings” package:
sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings
Note that removing this package, the “ubuntu-desktop” package will be removed as well. This is just a meta package and your system shouldn’t be affected by it.
The “ubuntu-settings” package is used to set various Ubuntu defaults, like the window button order, which Rhythmbox plugins are enabled by default and so on.

Optional
2. Install missing GNOME 3 packages

Even though they are part of the default GNOME 3 application stack, GNOME Documents and Boxes are not installed by default with the ubuntu-gnome-desktop package. Install them using the following command:sudo apt-get install gnome-documents gnome-boxesNote: Boxes is only available on 64bit due to a bug!

3. Upgrade Nautilus, Totem and other GNOME 3 packages to version 3.6.x

Some packages in the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories aren’t updated to the latest 3.6.x version. So, like we wrote a while back, you can use the GNOME3 PPA to upgrade these applications.
Add the PPA using the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
Then, launch Software Updater from Dash / menu and use it to upgrade your packages.

The packages that will be upgraded once you add the PPA are: Aisleriot 3.6.0, Brasero 3.6.0, Nautilus 3.6.1 and Totem 3.6.0. The PPA also provides Transmission 0.7.1, Transmageddon 0.23 and Sound Juicer 3.5.0.

4. Remove overlay scrollbars

One thing I’ve noticed after following the steps above myself, is that GNOME Shell continues to use Ubuntu’s overlay scrollbars. If you want to use the GNOME 3 scrollbars instead, remove overlay scrollbars using the following command:sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar*

Once you’re done, restart your computer (a logout may be enough for most stuff, but to get all the changes, including GDM for the login screen, a restart is probably a better idea) and select “GNOME” from the login screen.

some info via Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 release notes

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    Lubuntu (w/ LXDE) 12.10 – Quick Overview

    Lubuntu, an official Ubuntu flavour starting with version 11.10 which uses LXDE, a lightweight desktop environment by default, has reached version 12.10.

    I’m posting this article a bit late, since Lubuntu 12.10 was released 5 days ago, but there are too many Ubuntu flavours to cover in just one day.
    Lubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork, a new session manager, updated file manager which includes an external thumbnailer, along with updated default applications and other changes.
    To see the latest Lubuntu 12.10 in action, watch the video below:

    (direct video link)
    Default applications

    Lubuntu 12.10 ships with applications such as Pcmanfm as the default file manager, Synaptic Package Manager, Lubuntu Software Center, Chromium as the default browser, Pidgin, Transmission, mtPaint for simple image editing, Abiword, Gnumeric, GNOME Mplayer, Xfburn, Audacious and others.
    Lubuntu Software Center
    As you can see, most if not all are lightweight tools, and the result is that Lubuntu requires very low system resources – the Lubuntu wiki mentions that Lubuntu should run even with 128 MB of RAM, though for decent usage, 256MB or RAM or more are required.
    In Lubuntu 12.10, a new default application has been added: Catfish, which can be used to search the file system:
    lubuntu 12.10 catfish
    Another change is the addition of the Xfce notification daemon (xfce4-notifyd), which has replaced the old notification daemon:
    lubuntu 12.10 notifications

    Pcmanfm, the default file manager, has been updated, the new version bringing external thumbnailer support and lots of bug fixes:
    lubuntu 12.10 pcmanfm

    It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike the other Ubuntu flavors, Lubuntu 12.10 continues to offer alternate ISO files for download.

    Artwork
    Lubuntu 12.10 comes with an updated visual identity, which includes:

    – a new wallpaper:

    lubuntu 12.10 wallpaper

    – a new icon theme (it’s not complete yet, and for now it “inherits” icons from the elementary icon theme) called Box:

    You can see some of the new icons in most of the pictures in this post.

    Download Lubuntu 12.10
    Download Lubuntu 12.10 from HERE and make sure to also read the official release notes.

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      Xubuntu 12.10 Released With Xfce 4.10 [Screenshots, Video]

      xubuntu 12.10Xubuntu, the Xfce Ubuntu flavor, has been released today along with the other Ubuntu flavours. It’s a great alternative for those who do not want to use GNOME Shell or Unity and prefer a more traditional layout.
      The latest Xubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork and default applications and the latest Xfce 4.10.

      Here’s a video I’ve recorded, presenting the changes in Xubuntu 12.10:

      (direct video link)

      Xfce 4.10 by default
      Xfce 4.10, which is used in Xubuntu 12.10, brings many improvements, including:
      – re-written application finder which combines the functionality of the old appfinder and xfrun4:
      xubuntu 12.10
      – a new vertical display mode for the panel, called “deskbar” which switches the applets orientation to horizontal, making the panel behave like a vertical ‘dock’:
      xubuntu 12.10
      – multiple rows support for the panel:

      xubuntu 12.10

      Other Xfce changes include:
      the window manager supports tiling windows when dragging them to the screen edgesthumbnail rendering support for Xfdesktopthe mouse and touchpad dialog is capable of handling basic Synaptics and Wacom properties in the GUI

      Xubuntu 12.10 artwork
      The artwork has received special attention in Xubuntu 12.10. For instance, Greybird, the default Xubuntu 12.10 theme, has got a complete makeover, with re-written GTK3 support:
      xubuntu 12.10

      There’s also a new default wallpaper, updated login screen and Ubiquity slideshow:
      xubuntu 12.10
      xubuntu 12.10

      Default applications
      xubuntu 12.10
      To make Xubuntu 12.10 fit on a CD (unlike Ubuntu), quite a few default applications were removed. In Xubuntu 12.10, you’ll no longer find Synaptic Package Manager, GIMP or Startup Disk Creator installed by default. There are also less games: only Mines and Sudoku are available on the CD.

      Ubuntu Software Center in Xubuntu 12.10The default application selection in Xubuntu 12.10 includes: Firefox 16.0.1, Thunderbird 16.0.1, gMusicBrowser 1.1.9, Parole 0.3.0.3, Thunar 1.4.0, gThumb 3.0.2, Pidgin 2.10.6, Transmission 2.61, Abiword 2.9.2+svn, Catfish search tool 0.4.0.2, XChat 2.8.8 along with Ubuntu Software Center 5.3.14.2, on top of Xfce 4.10.

      Other changes
      It’s also worth mentioning that the offline documentation has been completely rewritten for Xubuntu 12.10.
      Unfortunately, the messaging indicator isn’t available for Ubuntu 12.10. Also, just like for Ubuntu, there isn’t an alternate ISO anymore.

      Download Xubuntu 12.10
      Download Xubuntu 12.10 from http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/ and check out the official release notes!

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        Lightweight Qt Desktop Environment `Razor Qt` Reaches Version 0.5.0

        Razor Qt is a lightweight desktop environment – think of it as LXDE, but using Qt. It doesn’t come with its own window manager and its developers recommend using it with Openbox, but it should work with any window manager like Kwin, Metacity, etc.
        Razor Qt 0.5.0 has been released yesterday, bringing lots of new features and performance improvements. For instance, there’s a new appearance GUI for configuring themes:
        razor qt
        Another important change is the introduction of a notification daemon which comes with its own configuration tool, used to set the notifications position on the screen as well as some advanced settings uder which the user can set the expiration time, spacing or width:
        razor qt
        Razor Qt 0.5.0 also comes with its own LightDM login screen greeter:

        razor qt

        The greeter is not set when you install Razor Qt. To use it, you need to edit “/etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf” and set “greeter-session=lightdm-razor-greeter”, then save the file and restart the computer.

        Other changes included with Razor Qt 0.5.0:
        new panel applets: cpu monitor, lm sensor, volume control that supports alsa or pulseaudio, color picker, network monitornew keyboard shortcut configuration toolthere’s only one Razor Qt session now and the window manager can be configured through the Razor Qt config toolsplit config session window, due new session autostart changes, featuring better system tray supportnicer razor-config app layoutbetter integration with window managers from fvwm familynew desktop widget: notepadarchitecture changes to prevent RTTI related crashes and suppor for all Qt versionshuge performance optimizatonsmore

        Install Razor Qt in Ubuntu
        Ubuntu users 12.10, 12.04, 11.10, 11.04 or 10.04 can install the latest Razor Qt by using its official PPA:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:razor-qt
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install razorqt
        Once installed, log out and select “Razor Desktop” from the login screen.

        For other Linux distributions, see the Razor Qt installation page.

        For more info, see our initial Razor Qt post.

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        GNOME 3.6 Released – See What’s New

        gnome 3.6

        The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.6 today, the new version bringing many enhancements and new features, including a redesigned Message Tray, smarter notifications, improved Activity Overview layout, new design for Files (Nautilus) and a new lock screen. Let’s take a look at what’s new!

        GNOME 3.6 video

        Below you can watch a video with the latest GNOME 3.6 in action, running under Ubuntu 12.10:


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        For Nautilus (Files) 3.6 and a few other GNOME 3.6 bits which aren’t in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories, I’ve used the GNOME 3 PPA. In the video, I’m using Web 3.5.4 instead of 3.6 because the latest version isn’t even available in the GNOME 3 PPA.

        Now, let’s take a look at the most important changes in GNOME 3.6.

        Core / GNOME Shell changes

        gnome 3.6 message tray notifications

        With the latest GNOME 3.6, the Message Tray and the notifications have received some major changes:
        • The Message Tray items are bigger, the hot corner has been replaced with the whole bottom screen edge; also, the Message Tray can now be accessed via a keyboard shortcut (Super + M)
        • The notifications are smarter, more noticeable and easier to dismiss thanks to a close button
        Another change – not major, but it will definitely please some users, is that the GNOME Shell User Menu now displays a Power Off item by default:

        gnome 3.6 user menu
        In the latest GNOME Shell 3.6, the Activities Overview has received some important changes. Firstly, now when you click “Activities” on the top left, the windows are displayed by default and to access the applications, you must click a grid button displayed at the bottom of Dash:

        gnome 3.6 activities overview
        Another major new feature in the latest GNOME 3.6 is a new Lock Screen (requires GDM so it might not show up for you if you’re using Ubuntu 12.10 with LightDM instead of GDM) which displays the time and date along with notifications and the user has the ability to control media playback:
        gnome 3.6 lock screen

        GNOME applications

        And now a bit about the GNOME applications. Files (Nautilus) is the application which has received probably the biggest attention in GNOME 3.6. Files comes with a new user interface which is now consistent with the other GNOME applications, but there are some removed features too, like the dual pane.

        gnome 3.6 files nautilus

        Among the changes in Files 3.6 are:

        • a new way of searching for files has replaced both the old search tool and the “search as you type” feature
        • new toolbar and pathbar, GNOME Shell appmenu, a new “cog” menu, symbolic icons for the sidebar, a new “Recent” section in the sidebar
        • list view changes: new date format display, better column order, new icon size: 32
        Clocks: a new application introduced as a “preview”, because, according to the GNOME developers, it’s not ready for prime time just yet. But it’s already functional and it can be used to display the time around the world, set up an alarm, stopwatch and a timer:

        gnome 3.6 clocks

        gnome 3.6 boxes

        Introduced as a preview in GNOME 3.4, Boxes (an application to connect to remote machines and manage virtual machines) is now officially a GNOME application. Changes in the latest Boxes include a reworked selection mode, allow customizing a box memory and disk size before it’s created and more.
        Epiphany (Web) has introduced “The Overview” with version 3.6. This is the beginning of a new design which should improve the user experience, about which we’ve talked about a while back:

        gnome 3.6 web epiphany
        For now, “The Overview” doesn’t have the functionality that was announced a while back, and it only presents a grid with the most visited pages. The new version also comes with an improved full screen mode and other changes.
        Of course, there were many other improvements, including various changes for Disk Usage Analyzer, Disks, Font Viewer, support for Microsoft Exchange, Windows Live and Facebook for Online Accounts, updated modal dialogs which now expand from the middle instead of dropping from the top, Empathy now uses Zeitgeist, and many accessibility and internationalization enhancements.

        There’s also a new feature which I’m sure those who like to customize their desktop will love: with GNOME 3.6, the GNOME Shell extensions installed via extensions.gnome.org are updated automatically.

        The next stable GNOME release, 3.8, is expected on March 27, 2013.

        Getting GNOME 3.6

        There are no official GNOME 3.6 ISO files available for download yet, but if you want to try it already, you can use the latest development builds of Ubuntu 12.10, Fedora 18 and so on in a virtual machine or boot the images from an USB stick.

        When available, the GNOME 3.6 live images will be downloadable from HERE.

        Also see:

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