The fourth development release towards the GNOME Software 3.12 application, which will be officially available in the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, due for release in spring 2014, has been announced by the GNOME Project.
GNOME Software 3.11.4 adds Ardour to the featured apps list, adds an --enable-dogtail configure option, adds a dependency to gsettings-desktop-schemas, and introduces a test for actions as well as some WIP UI tests. Furthermore, the team is proud to introduce the initial port of the PackageKit session interface, and some say that GNOME Software will also be available in Arch Linux, as a frontend to the pacman package manager app.
In addition, this release adds some accessible names to the widgets, it will no longer send hourly notifications to users about available updates, removes the spinner for screenshot loading, looks up app folder names, displays a “Launch” button for installed web apps, makes the configuration of the application folder available, and makes sure that application ratings are set correctly.
Under the hood, GNOME Software 3.11.4 makes sure that all calls to pkexec use g_child_watch_add(), recognizes if the application was installed through JHBuild, updates the application widget layout, updates the app folder dialog, uses the correct icon cache key for fixing the speed regression, fixes the name of the offline update file, and updates the project’s homepage URL.
Last but not least, the Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Finnish, Galician, Greek, Korean, Slovenian, and Spanish translations have been in this unstable release of the upcoming GNOME Software 3.12 application. Do not hesitate to take a look at the official raw changelog for more details.
Download GNOME Software 3.11.4 right now from Softpedia. However, we remind everyone that this is a development version and it should not be installed and used on production machines, as it is intended for testing purposes only.