Recently I have noticed that gnome-shell version has new release 3.36.4 via below links..

I have tried to upgrade to the new release 3.36.4 with below links or similar ones..
How to update gnome-shell?
How to upgrade to the latest GNOME version?
Upgrade gnome-shell in ubuntu12.04

seems the links are older..

with sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade I am only upgraded to 3.36.3 from 3.36.2

Assuming I have a testing system running Ubuntu 20.04, What is the step by step procedure to install 3.36.4 for testing purpose..

  • Assuming you're not going to answer your own question, why not just use groovy as you'll be using non-focal packages anyway, and you'll no longer have a pure support-LTS system (ie. ubuntu-security-status or ubuntu-support-status will report packages with shorter lives). You've mentioned a testing system... Groovy currently has 3.36.3 my system reports, but it'll move to 3.36.4 I suspect very soon...
    – guiverc
    Jul 13, 2020 at 2:37
  • @guiverc thanks for commenting.. thing is that when it is available to public.. what is the point not able to install it? there must be a way to install it when it is available and I am really willing to install it/ test it.
    – PRATAP
    Jul 13, 2020 at 2:40
  • I tried in Ubuntu 20.10 too.. it is 3.36.2 out of the box and after several workarounds it went to 3.36.3 but not 3.36.4 tried some other linux distros hoping I would get 3.36.4 but I could not manage.. trying since 36hrs.. breaking head..
    – PRATAP
    Jul 13, 2020 at 2:41
  • My installed groovy system reports 3.36.3 (at least that's what I got from gnome-shell --version as I don't use GNOME very often..), but yeah it's not .4 I don't monitor GNOME (not my cup of tea) so you'll have to wait for others sorry. I thought I read details on the weekend, but I didn't really take notice sorry (I'll return if something comes to me).
    – guiverc
    Jul 13, 2020 at 2:44
  • Short of someone packaging it in a repository, you always can compile it yourself. Jokes aside, I would recommend you just install an arch based system to easily have the latest Gnome Shell for testing. Anyway, I think this dot version will make it in Ubuntu after some time. We are now at 3.36.3. Activating the "proposed" repository will make updates land sooner into your test system.
    – vanadium
    Jul 13, 2020 at 7:29

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Minor dot versions of Gnome Shell likely will make it in your Ubuntu installation at some point. To have faster upgrades with packages that are being tested before release, you may want - on your test system - to enable the "proposed" PPA.

  1. Launch "Software and Updates"
  2. On the "Developpers" tab, check "Pre-release updates (focal-proposed)
  3. Close the dialog: the software sources will update.

Read more about "Proposed", including ways to not have everything updated automatically from "Proposed": strong text

I am afraid that your other options are limited. One can always install by compiling, but that is a daunting task requiring good technical system skills.

  • I did all the steps you mentioned. this method needs to wait until Ubuntu triggers the upgrade.. my Question is when it is available to public what is the step by step procedure to upgrade it.. Thanks!!!
    – PRATAP
    Jul 13, 2020 at 7:59
  • As I indicated: compiling yourself probably. Hopefully someone else comes around who can write the procedure out, so you can accept that answer ;-)
    – vanadium
    Jul 13, 2020 at 8:04
  • yes exactly @vanadium..Thank You for your all time support..
    – PRATAP
    Jul 13, 2020 at 8:27
  • This worked for me. After the above steps I additionally ran sudo apt install gnome-shell and got the updated version. Thanks @vanadium Dec 26, 2020 at 19:18

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