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02 December 2011, 10:08

GNOME Shell Extensions site launches

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GNOME logo The GNOME Project has announced the launch of, a new web site for finding and installing GNOME Shell extensions. Typically written by third-party developers and unsupported by the GNOME community, GNOME Shell extensions are small pieces of code that are used to change how GNOME works, allowing for further customisation.

According to GNOME developer Jasper St. Pierre, the GNOME Shell Extensions site, currently considered to be a "public alpha", allows users running version 3.2 of the GNOME Shell to install new extensions from within their web browser. This is done using the "GNOME Shell Integration" browser plug-in that, St. Pierre says, is most likely already installed on GNOME 3.2 users' systems. The developer also notes that, because these extensions "become part of the core operating system", all extensions uploaded to the new site go through a code review process before they are made available to download.

More information about GNOME Shell extensions can be found on the site's About page. The required GNOME Shell Integration plug-in currently only supports Firefox as there are known issues with WebKit-based browsers like Epiphany and Chrome. Users are asked to report any problems with the site on the project's Bugzilla page.

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