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Is Gnome Shell version in release n the same as in n+1 release of Fedora?

asked 2013-02-01 15:14:10 -0500

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updated 2013-02-02 04:18:05 -0500

For example, as of today, 2 weeks after Fedora 18 has been released, is Gnome Shell version in recently updated Fedora 17 installation the same as in Fedora 18 installation? In other words - do previous releases get backports of Gnome Shell from the next releases?

Is there a general release number vs. package version matrix available somewhere?

My confusion came mainly from the fact that I come from Ubuntu where backports are not uncommon (maybe not for the core components though) and that I've learned about the Rawhide repository containing Gnome Shell 3.7.*

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answered 2013-02-02 01:39:00 -0500

updated 2013-02-02 01:39:51 -0500

The 'general matrix' would be the Technical Notes. Major version changes of projects such as with GNOME or KDE are described more fully in the Release Notes.

Not all packages are described in the Technical Notes, but as that document's introduction states, you can use the Fedora Packages App for this kind of information.

For example, searching for gnome-shell on the packages app shows this information:


    GNOME Shell provides core user interface functions for the GNOME 3 desktop, 
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 visually attractive and easy to use experience.

Active Releases Overview

    Release Latest Released Version   Version in Testing

    Rawhide         None
    Fedora 18   3.6.2-6.fc18             3.6.2-3.fc18
                                            3 karma 
    Fedora 17   3.4.1-6.fc17             None
    Fedora 16         None
      EPEL 6    None                     None
      EPEL 5    None                     None
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If the answer helped you, please mark it so. If having the version numbers of the package in question explicitly stated for each Fedora release requires too much interpretation, then don't mark my answer as helpful; I''m fine with that.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-02-02 17:06:27 -0500 )edit

I'm glad the answer worked for you :-) Really, I think a little bit of required reading is better than a direct yes or no answer; it helps the reader understand the problem better, and how to answer similar questions in the future.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-02-04 01:39:26 -0500 )edit

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