GNOME Shell 3.8: Redesigned Search

GNOME 3.8 will feature a redesigned search which displays the results in a list. A new search settings panel will allow users to configure the GNOME Shell search: you can enable or disable searching for documents, files, contacts or boxes and so on as well as a way to configure search locations:
GNOME Shell 3.8 search settings
GNOME Shell 3.8 search locations

The new GNOME Shell 3.8 search results are provided by individual applications and selecting a result will open it in the respective application. There’s a limit of 3 results per application in GS, but more can be displayed within the application.
And speaking of settings, there’s also a new Privacy panel which lets the user configure what information is revealed in various locations like the lock screen, history (recent files) and so on:
GNOME 3.8 privacy settings panel

Even though the design isn’t the same, the new Search settings panel and the Privacy panel provide together more or less the same settings that are available in the Unity Privacy settings panel, so once again the Unity and GNOME Shell designers have similar ideas, although obviously, the implementations are different.

Below you can see the new GNOME Shell 3.8 (work in progress) search redesign:

(direct video link)
These new features are already available in the latest GNOME 3.8 development releases (3.7.x). GNOME 3.8 is scheduled to be released on March 27.

via / more info @ Cosimo’s blog

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Fedora 18 `Spherical Cow` Released

Fedora 18 screenshotFedora 18 “Spherical Cow” has been released today, featuring the latest stable GNOME 3.6 by default and a brand new installer UI.

New installer UI
Fedora 18 introduces UEFI Secure Boot support so it can now be used on system shipped with Windows 8, as well as a new user interface for the installer (Anaconda), which is now easier to use for new users, while more advanced users can still access advanced settings:
Fedora 18 installer screenshot
Fedora 18 installer screenshot
Fedora 18 installer
Fedora 18 installer
However, the new installer is not 100% complete so check out the known issues. For instance, I found it a bit confusing that after setting the “Installation Destination” hard disk but not changing the partitions, the “Please complete items marked with this icon before continuing to the next step” message at the bottom was still displayed for a few seconds.

GNOME 3.6
GNOME 3.6 (with GNOME Shell as the default “shell” interface) is used by default in Fedora 18: Nautilus, GNOME Contacts, Boxes, Documents, Totem (Videos), etc. are all there.
Here are some Fedora 18 screenshots:

Fedora 18 screenshots
Fedora 18 screenshots
Fedora 18 screenshots

For more about GNOME 3.6, see: GNOME 3.6 Released – See What’s New

Cinnamon, MATE Desktop available in the repositories
Also, users who don’t like GNOME Shell can now use Cinnamon or MATE Desktop since both are available in the official Fedora 18 repositories, along with Xfce 4.10, KDE Plasma Workspace 4.9 or LXDE (these last 3 are also available as Fedora Spins)

Other changes
Fedora 18 introduces a new tool that’s used for the upgrade process (to newer Fedora versions) called fedUP. For how to upgrade the system using fedUP, see THIS page.

Fedora 18 updates screenshot
Also, Fedora 18 introduces offline updates and while many updates can still be made on the fly, some packages will require a system restart. The system will boot into a special update mode “in order to avoid problems related to conflicts of libraries and services that are currently running with those on disk”, says the Fedora Wiki.
Other changes include:
Improved storage management SSM (System Storage Manager)/tmp is used as tmpfs by default, this bringing less I/O generated on the disk, increases SSD life, saves power and improves overall performance,More!

For more info, see the official Fedora 18 release notes.

Default applications in Fedora 18
Fedora 18 screenshots
Fedora 18 ships with Linux Kernel 3.6 (3.6.10), but 3.7 is already offered as an update, X Server 1.13 and features default applications such as: Nautilus 3.6.3, GNOME Control Center 3.6.3, Evolution 3.6.3, GNOME Documents 3.6.2, GNOME Boxes 3.6.2, Deja Dup backup tool 24.0, Rhythmbox 2.98, Empathy 3.6.2, Firefox 18, Cheese 3.6.2, Shotwell 0.13.1, Transmission 2.72, GDM 3.6.2 and LibreOffice 3.6.3.2, among others, all on top of GNOME 3.6 and GTK 3.6.2.

Download Fedora 18
Download Fedora 18
And don’t forget to try Fedora Utils after installing Fedora, a tool to tweak Fedora and easily install packages which are not available in the main Fedora repositories.

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Elegance Colors GNOME Shell Theme Gets New Customization Options

Elegance Colors, a GNOME Shell theme that can automatically change its colors based on the current GTK theme or wallpaper, has been updated today with many new customization options.
Elegance Colors Preferences
Here’s what’s new in Elegance Colors 1.1:
Options to customize Background color, Text color, Border color, Background opacity, Border opacity etc. for Panel, Menu and DialogsAdded 5 inbulit presets to choose fromBetter export dialog for exporting the themeAbility to import/export settings (via the Gmenu on the top GNOME Shell panel)Support deriving color from more GTK themesToggling “Monitor changes” now starts or stops the background process accordinglyNew styles for Buttons and EntriesOption to customize Font familyOption to customize the Gradient for the Dash in overviewOption to customize Roundness of the theme
With this release, Elegance Colors has evolved from a chameleonic and beautiful, but other than that a pretty much standard theme, to basically a template that you can use to make your own custom GNOME Shell themes.
A few screenshots:

Elegance Colors GNOME Shell themeVarious customizations + color derived from the wallpaper
Elegance Colors gnome shell themeColor derived from GTK theme
Elegance Colors GNOME Shell theme
Even though they look like completely different themes, I’m using Elegance Colors in all the images, but customized using the built-in preferences dialog. And that’s just a small part of what you can do using the Elegance Colors customization tool.

Install Elegance Colors in Ubuntu 12.10
The latest Elegance Colors is available in its official PPA for Ubuntu 12.10 / GNOME Shell 3.6. Add the PPA and install the theme using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:satyajit-happy/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-theme-elegance-colors
For other Linux distributions, you can download GNOME Shell Elegance Colors theme from DeviantArt or GitHub.

To use Elegance Colors, you’ll need the User Themes GNOME Shell extension which can be installed via extensions.gnome.org or from the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions

If you’ve installed the User Themes extensions via GNOME’s website, you’ll need to run the following command for Elegance Colors to work:sudo elegance-colors fix
If you’ve upgraded from an older Elegance Colors version, firstly stop the Elegance Colors process using the following command:killall elegance-colorsOnce you’ve installed the theme and the User Themes extension, run the following command in a terminal to start the Elegance Colors process, which is used to apply the theme changes:elegance-colorsYou can also simply log out and log back in.

And finally, set the new theme via GNOME Tweak Tool > Theme > Shell theme and tweak it by launching Elegance Colors Preferences from the Activities Overview.

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Schedule Alarms Or Reminders Under GNOME Shell With Remindor Shell

Indicator Remindor, an application that can be used to schedule alarms or reminders has been updated to version 12.12, getting some new features and GNOME Shell support.
Indicator Remindor can remind you of various events using notifications, a popup window (so you don’t miss the reminders), it can change the AppIndicator icon, can play a sound and everything is highly configurable.

Indicator Remindor 12.12 changes:
specify dates relating to Christmas, for example: “every day from today to christmas”specify AppIndicator icon: light, dark or the original app icon”Inserts”, a new option to add various data to your notes, like the current time, etc.
There’s also a new Remindor GNOME Shell extension that supports GNOME Shell 3.6 and 3.4:

Indicator Remindor GNOME ShellIndicator Remindor main UI and GNOME Shell extension (the UI colors can be changed)
The extension is currently in beta and it adds the Indicator Remindor icon on the top GNOME Shell bar, which you can use add normal or quick reminders, stop all reminder sounds or manage reminders.

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Schedule Alarms Or Reminders Under GNOME Shell With Remindor Shell

Indicator Remindor, an application that can be used to schedule alarms or reminders has been updated to version 12.12, getting some new features and GNOME Shell support.
Indicator Remindor can remind you of various events using notifications, a popup window (so you don’t miss the reminders), it can change the AppIndicator icon, can play a sound and everything is highly configurable.

Indicator Remindor 12.12 changes:
specify dates relating to Christmas, for example: “every day from today to christmas”specify AppIndicator icon: light, dark or the original app icon”Inserts”, a new option to add various data to your notes, like the current time, etc.
There’s also a new Remindor GNOME Shell extension that supports GNOME Shell 3.6 and 3.4:

Indicator Remindor GNOME ShellIndicator Remindor main UI and GNOME Shell extension (the UI colors can be changed)
The extension is currently in beta and it adds the Indicator Remindor icon on the top GNOME Shell bar, which you can use add normal or quick reminders, stop all reminder sounds or manage reminders.

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Zukitwo, Adwaita Cupertino Themes Ported To GTK 3.6

Two pretty popular GTK3 themes have been updated to work with the latest stable GTK 3.6 recently: Zukitwo and Adwaita Cupertino (now called Gnome Cupertino).

Gnome Cupertino (previously known as Adwaita Cupertino) is a GTK2/3 theme pack based on the colors of Mac OSX Snow Leopard and Lion, each with variations optimized for either GNOME Shell or Unity.
Gnome Cupertino theme
Because Adwaita Cupertino was practically re-written from scratch in the transition to GTK 3.6 and also, since the theme doesn’t uses the Adwaita Engine for several versions, its designer decided to rename it to Gnome Cupertino.
The package available in our PPA has two themes: the default Gnome Cupertino and a variant optimized for Unity, but inside the theme folder (e.g. /usr/share/themes/Gnome-Cupertino) you’ll find some alternate Metacity / Unity buttons which you can use, but you must make the changes manually – see the readme.txt file inside the theme folder. In the same file you can also tweak the theme to use a custom style for Nautilus 3.4 because by default, it’s optimized for Nautilus 3.6.
Since the theme has just been ported to GTK 3.6, there are some bugs. For instance, the GNOME Classic indicators have a weird white border at the bottom. Hopefully this will be fixed in future versions.

Gnome Cupertino theme
To add the WebUpd8 themes PPA and install Gnome Cupertino in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-cupertino-gtk-themeAs a reminder, the theme is also available for Ubuntu 12.04 (GTK 3.4), as “adwaita-cupertino-gtk-theme”.

Arch Linux users can install Gnome Cupertino via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, download Gnome Cupertino via Gnome Look.

Zukitwo, one of the most popular theme packs has finally been updated for GTK 3.6. In the process, the theme lost yet another variant (Zukitwo Dark) so there is now only one Zukitwo theme.
Zukitwo theme
Zukitwo theme
Also, the theme no longer uses the Unico GTK3 engine and the buttons have been replaced with the ones used in the Zukini theme.

Just like Gnome Cupertino, Zukitwo has a few bugs and the theme doesn’t look too good with the classic GNOME session panel. Hopefully they will be fixed soon.
Zukitwo theme
To install the latest Zukitwo GTK2/3/GNOME Shell/Xfwm theme pack in Ubuntu 12.10 or 13.04, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zukitwo-theme
The PPA also has an older version that works with GTK 3.4 for Ubuntu 12.04 (install “zukitwo-theme-all”).

Arch Linux users can install Zukitwo theme via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, download Zukitwo via Gnome Look.

Also see: 8 GTK 3.6 Compatible Themes Available In PPAs For Ubuntu 12.10.

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Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Replaces GNOME Packagekit With Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Packagekit (“Software”) as the default package management application, but this will change in Raring Ringtail.
A recent update in Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 Raring Ringtail (currently under development) has removed GNOME Packagekit from the default applications, replacing it with Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu’s Update Manager.
Ubuntu GNOME Remix Software Center

According to a post on a mailing list by Jeremy Bicha, the main Ubuntu GNOME developer, GNOME Packagekit is currently “pretty disappointing“, while Ubuntu Software Center is “one of Ubuntu’s best features with ratings and reviews, screenshots, app icons, access to commercial software, and decent search“, so even though this change will slightly affect the pure GNOME3 desktop experience that Ubuntu GNOME Remix is trying to achieve, it will definitely provide a better overall default experience.
Further more, this won’t be the first GNOME distribution that ships with its own software management application: Mageia and openSUSE do this too.
Also, as you probably know, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 includes the classic session by default (along with GNOME Shell, which is the default session, obviously). Well, the same 13.04 update brought another pretty major change: even though Ubuntu 13.04 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.6 for the most part, and not 3.8 (which will remove the fallback session), the classic (fallback) session packages were removed from the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Raring Ringtail installation.

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Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Replaces GNOME Packagekit With Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Packagekit (“Software”) as the default package management application, but this will change in Raring Ringtail.
A recent update in Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 Raring Ringtail (currently under development) has removed GNOME Packagekit from the default applications, replacing it with Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu’s Update Manager.
Ubuntu GNOME Remix Software Center

According to a post on a mailing list by Jeremy Bicha, the main Ubuntu GNOME developer, GNOME Packagekit is currently “pretty disappointing“, while Ubuntu Software Center is “one of Ubuntu’s best features with ratings and reviews, screenshots, app icons, access to commercial software, and decent search“, so even though this change will slightly affect the pure GNOME3 desktop experience that Ubuntu GNOME Remix is trying to achieve, it will definitely provide a better overall default experience.
Further more, this won’t be the first GNOME distribution that ships with its own software management application: Mageia and openSUSE do this too.
Also, as you probably know, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 includes the classic session by default (along with GNOME Shell, which is the default session, obviously). Well, the same 13.04 update brought another pretty major change: even though Ubuntu 13.04 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.6 for the most part, and not 3.8 (which will remove the fallback session), the classic (fallback) session packages were removed from the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Raring Ringtail installation.

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GNOME Control Center 3.6 Available In The GNOME 3 PPA [Ubuntu 12.10]

GNOME Control Center 3.6 (along with GNOME Settings Daemon 3.6) has finally made it into the GNOME 3 PPA for Ubuntu 12.10. This was the last piece that was missing for Ubuntu 12.10 users to get a truly complete GNOME 3.6 experience.

Here’s what’s new in GNOME Control Center 3.6 (version in the PPA is 3.6.3) compared to the previous version available for Ubuntu 12.10 users (3.4.2):Background: new designMouse: new designMouse: new testing areaMouse: natural scrolling option added (“Content sticks to fingers”) Sound: Remove hardware page, and offer different connectors directly from the input and output pagesKeyboard: Add common keyboard layout related options to the shortcuts tabNetwork: Improve the Wi-Fi page layoutNetwork: Split the wireless panelNetwork: Add network strength to the details panelWacom: add support for “switch monitor” shortcutPrinters: redesigned “new printer” dialogNew option to show notifications in the GNOME Shell lock screenThe old Appearance panel (this includes the old background pane, Unity settings etc.) is now displayed only under Unity and comes as a separate packageMany other changes
Here are a few screenshots:

GNOME Control Center 3.6
GNOME Control Center 3.6
GNOME Control Center 3.6
GNOME Control Center 3.6
GNOME Control Center 3.6
GNOME Control Center 3.6 sound

To upgrade to the latest stable GNOME Control Center 3.6.3 in Ubuntu 12.10, use the following command to add the GNOME 3 PPA (the PPA will also upgrade Nautilus, Totem, etc. to the latest 3.6.x version):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3Then, launch Software Updater use it to upgrade your packages.

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