Gnome 3.0 – The Gnome Shell Released

GNOME Shell is the defining technology of the GNOME 3 desktop user experience. It provides core interface functions like switching to windows and launching applications. GNOME Shell takes advantage of the capabilities of modern graphics hardware and introduces innovative user interface concepts to provide a delightful and easy to use experience. The GNOME Shell is currently in active development and while many planned features are not yet implemented it is stable enough for everyday use.



Gnome 3.0 32 Bit & 64 Bit

Testing Live

1) Download the USB image writer (here) and extract it
2) Open a terminal and navigate to the extracted image writer folder

cd ~/Downloads/abock-image-usb-stick-f3b1002

3)Prepare the image writer by running

chmod a+x ./image-usb-stick

4) Remove any USB storage devices that you might have connected to your computer and insert the empty USB stick that you want to write to.
5) Run the image writer script

sudo ./image-usb-stick path_to_the_live_image.iso

Eg- If the image resides in our home folder, then we use

sudo ./image-usb-stick ~/GNOME_3.i686-1.0.0-Build1.1.iso

6) To run the live image, reboot your computer with the USB stick attached and enjoy 🙂

Note :- This image is not working with UNetBootin, not right now ! So for testing, you have to follow the above procedure.

New Features

For GNOME 3, the GNOME Project has started from scratch and created a completely new, modern desktop designed for today’s users and technologies. Here are some of the things that you can expect from the new GNOME:

Real Eyecandy

GNOME 3.0 desktop takes elegance to a new level. Clutter has been removed and Gnome 3.0 has been made a ‘simple and easy-to-use desktop’, and it it the most beautiful GNOME desktop ever, with a new visual theme, a refined new font and carefully crafted animations & all this with improved compatibility.

Gnome 3.0 at a Glance

The activities view provides an easy way to access all your windows and applications. It is also a great way to keep track of all your activities. Devs have provided several fast and convenient ways to access the activities view, including the activities keyboard key (often known as the Windows key) and the activities hot corner.

Easy-Peasy Desktop experience

With the new GNOME desktop, everything can be quickly accessed from the keyboard. Press the activities key and search: it’s as simple as that. You’ll love this feature if you’re a user who likes things to happen fast.

Uninterrupted Computing

GNOME 3 is designed to reduce distraction and interruption and to put you in control. The new notifications system subtly presents messages and will save them until you are ready for them, and the GNOME 3 panel has been styled so that it is part of the background, not the foreground. These changes allow you to focus on your creative tasks.

Improved System Settings

The System settings have been completely redesigned for GNOME 3, making them easier to use than ever before. There are some great new features in our system settings too, such as the ability to use Flickr images as desktop backgrounds.

Built-in Messaging

Communication is an important part of the modern desktop, but it’s a hassle when you have to switch windows to reply to a message. That’s why GNOME 3 will let you continue your conversations without changing focus. The ability to enter a reply straight into messaging notifications makes instant messaging quick and effortless.

Wait! There’s more

GNOME 3 is full of new features. Here are few more cool things to be found in GNOME 3:

  • Window tiling to make using several windows simple and easy
  • An improved file manager
  • Dark application themes for when you want to focus on pictures and videos
  • Redesigned workspaces so you can easily organise your windows
  • Major changes under the hood to give you a faster, smoother experience
  • A satisfying experience, whatever kind of computer you use: GNOME 3 will feel right at home on netbooks as well as larger machines

For further details, please refer Release Notes.

Njoy !

About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.