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In the last Oct. First, Gnome 3.2 was moved to the Arch Linux Extra repository. Several new features and applications were added in this new version, but not all are installed automatically when you perform an upgrade from Gnome 3.0. That’s right, this is one of the bad things of a "rolling release".

Hello Gnome 3.2!

So, follow me in this little tour through the new Gnome 3.2!


First of all, lets update from Gnome 3.0. Just use the following command:

$ sudo pacman -Suy

After the end of the update I recommend a simple reboot, a lá Windows. If you have any login problem, try resetting your settings by moving them from ~/.config/dconf and ~/.Gconf to anywhere else.

Now let’s make our little tour through the new features and programs…

Online Accounts

The GNOME Online Accounts is a kind of "central" to setup accounts. It can be accessed by clicking on your user name (top right) and then on "Online Account". From there it’s possible to manage your email accounts, calendar, contacts, chat and documents at once. Currently this feature supports only accounts provided by Google, but the intention is to expand it to several other providers.

Gnome Online Accounts

By adding your account, it will automatically configure your account for email and calendar (evolution), contacts (Contacts GNOME), chat (empathy) and documents (Documents GNOME). GNOME Online Accouts is installed automatically as it is a dependency for Gnome.

Gnome Documents

GNOME Documents allows you to list, view, edit and manage your documents, both local and online (from Google Docs). For me it did not came installed by default, to install it just call the following command:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome-documents
Gnome Documents

Gnome Contacts

This application syncs your Google contacts (configured in GNOME Accounts), from Evolution and from Empahty in one place.

Gnome Contacts

It didn’t come installed by default also, but installing it is quite simple:

$ sudo pacman -S gnome-contacts

Gnome Contacts brings another exceptional functionality, you can search contacts from the Gnome-Shell:

Gnome Shell Contacts Search

I just missed the possibility of initiating a conversation from the search for Gnome-Shell :(.

Web Application Mode

Now all your web applications can be visualized as a desktop application. To use this new feature just open the Web application using Epiphany and choose the option File->Save as Web Application...

Gnome Web Application

Disable Notifications

This feature will also be used a lot by me, from time to time chat notifications really pisses me off while I develop. Too bad that Gnome still does not offer integration with custom status messages (mood messages) from Empathy.



This is another long waited functionality by me but didn’t came installed by default. In order to install it use the following command:

$ sudo pacman -S sushi

This application allows you to pre-visualize (just like Gloobus) many different file types like, images, music, videos, documents and etc. To use it just chose the file you want to visualize through Nautilus and hit the space bar:

Gnome Sushi

That’s it folks! But stay tuned, soon I will write about the secret Gnome 3.2 theme!

Until then…



Graduated in Telecommunication Engineering, but currently working with GNU/Linux infrastructure and in the spare time I'm an Open Source programmer (Python and C), a drawer and author in the Mind Bending Blog.


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