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I understand that with GNOME version numbers, you have the odd numbered releases being the unstable in-development series, and the even ones as the stable releases which the odd unstable ones become. So for instance I am currently running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and I installed GNOME 3.18 from the gnome3 and gnome3-staging PPAs in order to get there because Ubuntu GNOME is shipped with GNOME 3.16 due to issues with the release cycles of Ubuntu and GNOME not quite matching up so the latest version of GNOME is ready only after the time GNOME can submit the GNOME version to be used in the next Ubuntu release.

Anyway, as I like to be on the edge with software I'm using I would like to know if there is any way for me to easily upgrade to the GNOME 3.19.x development series? Like is there a PPA or something I can get it with and stay up-to-date easily? And do I have to run Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 in order to do it or can it run on 15.10?

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You can install GNOME 3.19.x from those PPAs (though it may not fully be in the PPAs yet) if you install one of the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 daily-builds. Otherwise you will have to wait for GNOME 3.20 to be available from them once Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 has been released.

As you can see though the GNOME 3.19.x versions are in the PPAs though:

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If I installed one of the Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 daily-builds would I be able to get it from these PPAs then (or at least partly as they may not upload all of the packages there)? – Paranoid Panda Jan 29 at 16:42
    
Yes, that's correct. – A.B. Jan 29 at 16:45
    
Ok, I have edited your answer to say that, just letting you know so that you can correct anything there if you want. :) – Paranoid Panda Jan 29 at 16:51

There is a github for gnome-shell , which you could clone

git clone https://github.com/GNOME/gnome-shell

And build the new version form source to stay up to date.

There's also git for the gnome packages, for example for gedit you'd do this

git clone git://git.gnome.org/gedit
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