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Gnome extensions F21 - most are 'outdated'. When will the be available?

asked 2014-12-21 01:14:27 -0500

G sus gravatar image

updated 2014-12-21 07:07:29 -0500

mether gravatar image

I love the new version.... but most of my extensions are history - hibernate, external drives, trash, xkill, terminal, audio control, history are now classed as 'outdated' and not available. Stink! Very slim pickings! Will they eventually be updated?


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Fedora 21 has the newest version of Gnome. The Gnome project controls these tools, the Fedora project packages and includes them. I frequently find some of the decisions made by the Gnome project to be a little odd, and I use the Mate desktop for that reason.

I don't think there is an answer that the Fedora team can give you on this one - perhaps raising the question with the Gnome project could help?

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-12-21 02:35:22 -0500 )edit

I find this whole situation - and Fedora's excuses a bit limp to be honest. You tie-in with a version gnome that is largely uselss and then expect users to sort it out. Could you not have gone into disccussion with the Gnome peps and got their community working on the Beta version to get a version that is worthy of teh term 'upgrade'? I'm glad I'veonly 'upgraded' one of my computers. I think I'll sit on F20 and a gnome version that has the bells and whistles - like a hibernate button whaoa!!! - and wait for those fedora users with the skills to fix fedora.

G sus gravatar imageG sus ( 2014-12-24 16:02:31 -0500 )edit

Don't look at Fedora's approach here and be critical. The Gnome project has has some significant issues since they dropped Gnome 2 for the largely unusable Gnome 3, and they've not been resolved. There's little Fedora can do to fix the issues. Until Gnome 3 is usable, blaming any distribution for shipping it is narrow minded at best. My recommendation is not to use Gnome 3 until it's ready - it's only been 5 years, and it's still completely unusable, so perhaps we're only 3 or 4 years away.

I use Mate for a reason.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-12-26 09:08:06 -0500 )edit

Shipping an inferior product deserves some criticism - sure my criticism is largely unproductive as i haven't the skills to be active in fixing the problems, but shit don't change if everyone stays quiet eh? I'll take a look at Mate!

G sus gravatar imageG sus ( 2014-12-26 13:08:15 -0500 )edit

Well the Fedora community has really shone with most of my fav extensions being tested and updated - awesome work!

G sus gravatar imageG sus ( 2014-12-31 17:09:29 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-12-21 02:41:42 -0500

updated 2014-12-21 02:42:13 -0500

Extensions listed at - and probably elsewhere - are whitelisted for the versions of GNOME they are known to work with. Sometimes an extension won't work with a new version of GNOME, and it needs to be updated. Sometimes it will work with the new version, so it only needs testing and for the new version to be added to the whitelist.

Many, if not most, of those extensions are provided by the community. You can help them test by editing them so they will try with your version of GNOME (and I'm hoping someone will follow up with instructions for that, hint hint) and report back to the extension maintainer.

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If you can get the extension via github or similar, just unpack it and put it into ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions. (Or copy the extension from an old installation of yours.) Edit the "shell-version" part of the file metadata.json so version "3.14" is added.

Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2014-12-21 05:03:56 -0500 )edit

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