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GNOME Shell 2.31.2 was released yesterday, bringing some exiting new features such as support for inline chatting in the IM notifications which now use Telepathy, an initial application menu in the top panel (for the moment it only holds a "Quit" option), restyle user status menu to match application menu and many others.

Other significant changes in GNOME Shell 2.31.2:
  • A magnifier has been added to the shell; this is mostly meant for accessibility, but also will be useful for general use.
  • The clock is now configurable via GConf and add a simple preferences dialog (gnome-shell-clock-preferences)
  • A performance event log has been added that tracks events (such as frame paints), and statistics such as malloc'ed memory.
  • and more

A complete changelog can be found HERE.

Here are some screenshots with a few of the changes in GNOME Shell 2.31.2:

- IM notifications inline chatting:

gnome shell inline IM notifications chat

This is something a lot of Ubuntu users want: to be able to at least open the chat window when clicking a NotifyOSD IM notification bubble, but apparently Mark Shuttleworth doesn't agree.

- Application menu in the top panel (like I told you in the beginning of the post, only a "Quit" option is available for now):

gnome shell application menu screenshot

- New status menu style:

status menu new style gnome shell screenshot

The status menu looks a lot like the "possible" status area changes for Gnome Shell we posted a while back so finally some Gnome Shell mockups become reality (well, only the status menu for now).

- Magnifier preferences:

gnome shell magnifier preferences

Want to try out Gnome Shell in Ubuntu? Simply add the Ricotz resting PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Don't worry about the version numbers in the PPA, it's actually the latest Gnome Shell 2.31.2!

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