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For GNOME 3, the GNOME Project has started from scratch and created a completely new, modern desktop designed for today's users and technologies. In GNOME 3:

  • There is a new default modern visual theme and font
  • The Activities view which provides an easy way to access all your windows and applications
  • Built-in (integrated) messaging desktop services
  • A more subtle notifications' system and a more discreet panel
  • A fast Activities' search feature
  • A new System Settings application
  • ... and more features like: window tiling (Aero Snap like), an improved Nautilus etc.

[more details on the GNOME3 website]

Enabling hidden features

Gnome 3.0 hides a lot of useful options and you have to use dconf-editor to customize them. Firstly be sure that at-spi2-{core,atk} are not installed because dconf-editor will crash if accessibility is enabled (needs more information about how do disable this without removing the packages)

Change font

font-name: FontName size
use-custom-font: checked

Font Rendering

antialiasing: rgba
dpi: 96
hinting: slight

Lid close action


active: checked
lid-close-{ac,battery}-action: nothing|blank|suspend|hibernate|shutdown, default: suspend

How to shutdown through the Status menu

For now, the Shutdown option seems to be hidden if the user presses the Status menu on the upper right. If you want to shutdown your system through the Status menu, click on it and then press the Alt button. The "Suspend" option will instantly turn into "Power off...", as long as you press the Alt button, which will allow you to properly shutdown your system.