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How to try or test new gnome in Fedora

asked 2017-01-31 06:25:08 -0600

zdenek gravatar image

I have Fedora 25 with Gnome 3.22.2. I would like to try new Gnome (being in development now) 3.23.x but I didn't find any image I could run in Boxes. Just some modules like here https://download.gnome.org/teams/rele... but I have no idea how to use them.

Could anyone post some howto for testing Gnome which is in development without any impact for production Gnome version please?

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answered 2017-01-31 09:32:20 -0600

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In think there is no way to easily test a future Gnome (or Gnome in development) in "stable" Fedora release. All I can think of is downloading the sources and build it. But that will take forever and may not be sucessful. May I ask you why you need the newest, under development Gnome and its apps?

One option would be to enable rawhide where you step-by-step get the most recent packages (that will become part of Fedora 26 and Gnome 3.24). But note: Rawhide is not always stable, so be prepared to fix stuff or install a Fedora with rawhide enabled as a virtual machine.

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Many thanks for your feedback. I often download Fedora nightly images because I'm curious what's new in there. I often test new features and report bugs for Fedora if needed. Unfortunately, Fedora Rawhide in Alpha phase of development (or prior alpha) does not contain latest Gnome apps which I would like to see, try, test... just because I'm curious and like new features like in case of early Fedora versions. New Gnome appears usually in beta releases.

I run these test images in virtual machine, so I'm not afraid of any negative effects or unstable versions.

zdenek gravatar imagezdenek ( 2017-01-31 12:45:34 -0600 )edit

You can't go faster than Rawhide. Take a look at the different branches and their update Policy here. There you receive the package as early as the package maintainer has built it for rawhide.

If that is not fast enough, I am afraid you have to download the Gnome sources and build it yourself...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-02-01 10:42:28 -0600 )edit

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