If you have updated to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 or are running Ubuntu 16.04, chances are you want to get GNOME 3.20 right away! It comes with a plethora of new features and has a number of improvements from the previous versions. In this article I will be showing you how you can easily upgrade to GNOME 3.20.
Why doesn’t Ubuntu GNOME ship with 3.20?
Ubuntu’s release schedules generally have a deadline where packages have to published before that deadline. As GNOME 3.20 was released on March 23, Canonical has something called ‘feature-freeze’ which means that new features cannot be implemented beyond this point. Although this is annoying for many users, we can go around this by using ‘staging’ PPAs.
Things to note
- Some apps are missing from the PPA which we will install (Envine, Epiphany Browser and Vinagre)
- It is reccomended that you do this procedure on Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 flavor since it will be a smooth transition. There is a possibility for problems to occur in the Unity Desktop.
- Default Ubuntu apps like Nautilus will get the stock GNOME equivalent when doing this upgrade. In my opinion the GNOME version is better than the Ubuntu-patched one.
DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Open a terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
Update software repositories
sudo apt update
For Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 OR Existing GNOME Users Run:
sudo apt dist-upgrade
And if you don’t have it installed yet:
sudo apt install gnome gnome-shell
You might be prompted when installing GNOME shell to pick a display manager. If you are planning on sticking with GNOME, GDM will deliver the best ‘uniform’ experience. If you have multiple desktop environments, LightDM is recommended.