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How to install Gnome 3.20 of Fedora 23

asked 2016-03-24 01:57:17 -0500

cialu gravatar image

Is there a way to install the latest Gnome on Fedora 23?

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Thank you all guys. Fedora community is really amazing. I have appreciated all the answers and @davidva gives me what I need: something to install and try Gnome 3.20 on my Fedora 23 without destroying my system.


cialu gravatar imagecialu ( 2016-03-25 01:55:44 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-03-25 01:41:12 -0500

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Hi, easy thanks to rhughes

dnf copr enable rhughes/f23-gnome320
dnf clean metadata && dnf update

Remember the copr, only has selected parts of GNOME 3.20 on Fedora 23...

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This is what I need. Thank you so much.

cialu gravatar imagecialu ( 2016-03-25 01:52:44 -0500 )edit

Note that there is no support for this.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2016-03-25 08:54:46 -0500 )edit

Very Nice to have Gnome 3.20 on fedora 23. And we know that it is bleeding edge.

ranjitsiji gravatar imageranjitsiji ( 2016-04-12 00:14:40 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-24 06:30:01 -0500

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updated 2016-03-24 06:33:07 -0500

New versions of Desktop environment are only available for new versions of fedora, for active versions are only available bug fixes, security, issues an vulnerabilities correction.

example :

  • fedora 22 : gnome 3.16
  • fedora 23 : gnome 3.18
  • fedora 24 : gnome 3.20

an so on, as say @wesleyotugo this new version are only available in the Rawhide repo. See Audience in this topic ...


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answered 2016-03-24 10:35:27 -0500

updated 2016-03-24 10:36:46 -0500

@wesleyotugo and @hhlp are right, you can either have stability or the very latest software, not both, I'm afraid, when it comes to Linux at the moment. So you have two choices when it comes to Fedora and GNOME: switch to rawhide and have an unstable system that has (or will, if you wait a little) GNOME 3.20 available for installation, or stay on the stable side with Fedora 23 and GNOME 3.18. If you want the latest desktop environments I would recommend jumping ship from Fedora to Arch Linux or openSUSE Tumbleweed, as they usually ship with the very latest desktops. I have used both these distributions as my main, day-to-day, operating system for at least a fortnight each and I have found them both fairly stable (i.e., no system-breaking bugs, some minor bugs here and there, but nothing majorly disruptive), despite using the very latest software. Arch uses slightly more up-to-date software than Tumbleweed, in my experience, though.

One way you could get GNOME 3.20 on Fedora 23, in theory, is you could get the RPM sources of GNOME 3.18 (and its various components, and any core applications you want) and simply bump the package versions to 3.20 and build with rpmbuild (provided by the rpmdevtools package). I wouldn't recommend this method, personally, as it would take at least a day to do this (due to the number of packages belonging to the GNOME group and the fact that building packages from source code takes a bucket-load of time for larger programs like desktop environments) and there's no guarantee that the resulting packages will be stable enough for everyday use. Plus, of course, sometimes you will need to patch the RPM sources in order for them to successfully build version 3.20. For more details on building RPM packages from sources see this article at the Fedora Wiki.

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Fedora is a mix of stability and the very latest. Personally i would wait for F24 to enter Beta before i try out Gnome 3.20, It is not a major release and not much of a security release so why the rush afterall.

wesleyotugo gravatar imagewesleyotugo ( 2016-03-24 10:51:13 -0500 )edit

I agree (which is why I upvoted your comment), I merely am answering cialu's question. Fedora isn't my favourite distribution, because I prefer either one extreme or the other (i.e., stability or the very latest), and I find package development under Fedora and other RPM distributions more challenging than it is under Arch Linux or Gentoo Linux, but cialu asked how to install GNOME 3.20 on Fedora 23, so I thought I'd first mention alternatives and then tell him the one unique solution I could think of, if he's determined to do this.

Brenton Horne gravatar imageBrenton Horne ( 2016-03-24 11:30:14 -0500 )edit

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