Any plan upgrade to Gnome-Shell/Mutter 3.36.6 on Focal?

Gnome-Shell/Mutter 3.36.6 is released some days ago. but Focal is still on 3.36.4.
Any plan to upgrade about them?
It seems ner version fix some performance issuses.


Really, I’m still on 3.36.3 according to my ‘about’ page in settings. But yeah, be nice to know if a backport for 3.36.6 is in the pipeline.

The ‘About’ page reflects the version of the ‘gnome-desktop3-data’ package. A fully updated focal
installation should be reporting a mutter version of 3.36.4.

To check or confirm mutter version :

apt policy mutter

Confusing? Most definitely. :frowning:


Hey, sure it is planned!

I’ve been quite busy with groovy (and gnome 3.38) updates, but once completed (we’re almost there) I’ll focus in these SRUs.


Great, there’s a particularly annoying wine copy/paste bug that got fixed in mutter 3.36.5.

It seems that the last gnome-shell update in Focal regressed an extension that then had to be fixed in a separate SRU. I’m told that extensions can use any part of gnome-shell, so any changes to gnome-shell can break compatibility with extensions. To continue being able to update gnome-shell, it looks more testing will be needed every time to avoid the same thing happening again.

I posted about this in the discussion about the GNOME microrelease exception and have updated the SRU documentation for the exception.

If those interested in getting gnome-shell updates in stable releases could help with the necessary testing when the time comes please, this will help these updates land.

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FYI, I’ve uploaded the Shell and mutter packages to focal queue it will take some time for the SRU team to review this.

Once it’s ready, if you subscribe one of the bugs, you will be notified to test it to confirm it works (please do it, in bugs #1896332 and #1896334 to make the SRU process faster).

Meanwhile, you can try test packages from this PPA:

It also contains new gnome-shell (and yaru adaptations for that).


Personally I’d more keen to Break with all those extensions we can’t support. Users can install them without using the packaged version, so the only ones we can test fully and support are the ubuntu default ones.