GNOME Software is one of the more exciting features that I’m looking forward to in the next release of Fedora. This is a brand new project, but the pace of development has been fast.

If you are a Fedora user, you probably already know that the graphical package manager in any of the editions is nothing to write home about. And that applies to Yum Extender, Apper and the gpk-application.

Well, on the main edition, which uses the GNOME Shell, and which uses the gpk-application as the default graphical package manager, GNOME Software will make package management a whole lot better, when it’s ready for prime time.

It is intended to be just like any other GNOME Shell application, like Boxes, Music, etc, so it is integrated into the desktop. This way, all distributions that use the desktop will have a common graphical interface for managing applications.

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GNOME Software is a Fedora project, so I don’t think it is available on any other distribution at this stage. It’s definitely not available on pre-release editions of Ubuntu GNOME 13.10. Here are some screen shot of it, which I took from a test installation of Fedora 20 alpha.

The main interface.
GNOME Software Fedora 20 Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

The rest of the main interface. I’m sure you noticed that the graphics are of the plain-vanilla variety.
GNOME Software categories Fedora 20

Partial list of installed applications.
GNOME Software installed apps GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Available updates.
GNOME Software app updates GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Partial list of applications in the Network -> Instant Messaging subcategory.
GNOME Software IM apps GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Partial list of applications in the Network -> Web Browser subcategory.
GNOME Software Web apps Fedora 20 GNOME Shell GNOME 3

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Partial list of applications in the Games -> Arcade subcategory.
GNOME Software Games apps GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Search result view.
GNOME Software search firewall GNOME Shell GNOME 3

No results on search. You mean that no application contains the work security in its name or description!
GNOME Software Fedora 20 GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Attempting to remove or uninstall an application.
GNOME Software remove app Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Yes, I do.
GNOME Software Fedora 20 Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Attempting to install an application.
GNOME Software install app Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

But not before authenticating as root.
GNOME Software Fedora 20 Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

As if to remind me that it is not yet reading for prime time, it crashed. And this happened at every attempt to install any application.
GNOME Software Fedora 20 Linux GNOME Shell GNOME 3

Hope this shows you what GNOME Software will mean to the GNOME 3 desktop, once it is production-ready. But even at this stage, it gets a thumbs up from me.


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47 Responses

  1. Desktop environment is choice, it depends on the user, please don’t badmouth/destroy gnome3 just because you do not like it, people like me and others on comment above who like it will suffer just because of your own preference.

  2. I hated Gnome 3 at first, because it required changing the way I was used to doing things. Now that I am used to it, I find it far superior to anything else out there, including Windoze, KDE, Cinnamon, Unity, etc. It is fast, efficient, and highly configurable. All of the little annoyances most people complain about are easily tweaked. I think for as many people that complain about it, there are just as many who like it.

  3. Gnome 3 is useless for program development. May be great from surfing, playing games, and impress people who are impressed with shiny things that move and flash.
    I want somebody who is using gnome 3 (or unity) for development to make video on youtube how they use them for java and C++ programming and configuring their OS, configuring MySQL, Tomcat, changing security permissions to protect their assets, and so on. So far all the videos of proponents of gnome 3 (or unity) show videos of shiny, flashing things being moved around.
    gnome 3 okay for cell phone – suc^%$ for program development.

    1. I’m not a developer, so I don’t know much about this, but what are the specific issues that you as a developer face with GNOME 3 or Unity?

    2. well, I would do that but currently I’m using KDE (and I cannot show anything related to the company I work on so doing a video would imply post editing and I’m bad with that), I left GnomeShell because it was not stable, at least, not for my situation. I’m a software developer, in a normal day I’m using 2 virtual machines, connected to multiple remote windows desktops, having oracle 11g with 2 database, using eclipse for an easy debug process (just for java), around 10 tabs in firefox, using thunderbird, using skype, at least 3 consoles, building the application I work on could take between 6 to 20 minutes depending on the amount of modules I have to modify, running junits would last 30 minutes per module. How I used Gnome-shell? well, I work on a laptop with an additional monitor, so I used the additional monitor to contain skype and the consoles, the other programs were distributed through multiple workspaces. I used it for more than a year, however gnome-shell had a lot of chrashes, in normal situations it restarted automatically, in my case, it never happen, my solution: ctrl+alt+f2 and restart gnome-shell. 2 weeks ago I tried KDE and it was amazing, no chrashes, no blocks, no desktop restarts, it just fit my needs.

  4. I suggest that GNOME 3 becomes the standard on distros that aims to be user-friendly and easy to understand. The experienced users (like Linus and Alan) have no trouble configuring their own desktops to suite their taste anyway.

    After the initial shock of experiencing the GNOME3 interface, I found it to be the best choice for me personally (beeing a designer and web developer). I hated it at first – now I can’t live without it 🙂

    I have also tested GNOME3 distros for family and friends, and they understand it intuitively – much more so than OS X and Windows. If we aim to make a complete experience for non-technical users, GNOME3 is the way to go!

    1. Ruben, I completely agree. I saw the potential of GNOME 3 from the start of GNOME-Shell, and it has continued to address the concerns of users with updates and improvements. I could never switch back to the “classic” desktop after using it for the past couple of years.

  5. 1. gnome2 is for large and/or multiple displays – it is simply productive

    2. gnome3 and unity are for tablets and smartphones – they are fun – and can be productive.

    Prediction: gnome3 will never ever be the default for RHEL

      1. But that proves the point. Classic mode has the look and feel of GNOME 2 or Cinnamon or MATE. So, underneath, there would be no difference between Classic mode and Cinnamon because both UIs are sitting atop GNOME 3 code.

        My argument has always been that GNOME 3’s default UI sucks, even though it is sitting on top beautiful technologies.

        1. I’m sorry, but the Gnome3 classic mode was so unsatisfactory that I started shopping desktops. Because Mate wasn’t stable or fast enough at first, I went to KDE4 after trying xfce and LXDM. Recently I’ve tried Mate again, and now that’s my desktop. But Gnome3 classic is not sufficiently usable to replace Gnome2. It is inferior to every other desktop I’ve tried (well, except for Gnome3 non-classic).

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