I did the command line upgrade F31 5.6.8-200.fc31-x86_64 → F32 5.6.10-300.fc32.x86_64, no problems been reported.
After log in, I shortly see the desktop background from 31, but then I have a black desktop background.
When clicking on the top left ‘Activities (Aktivitäten)’ Button, I do see the correct background, but darker as usual. When leaving the Activities the background is black again.
Under Settings → Info: Gnome 3.36.2 and X11 Window Manager is reported.
When booting the previous F31, ‘uname -a’ reports the previous kernel, but Info reports Fedora 32 with Gnome 3.36.2 and the desktiop is the same as in the upgraded F32.
Have you got any gnome-shell extensions installed from extensions.gnome.org, by any chance? They might need to be updated (or removed). Try disabling the extensions and see if the problem goes away. If it does, turn them back on one by one to find the culprit.
What happens if you try to choose another background? Is everything still black?
In all likelihood there are more kernel subpackages installed, it would be safer to rpm -qa | grep kernel | sort
to figure out which are needed.
If the kernel-headers package (which is separate from the kernel) is required by something, that’s going to complicate things, there can be only one version installed on the system.
By the way, you can feed dnf URLs of packages, e.g. dnf install https://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org//packages/kernel/5.6.11/300.fc32/x86_64/kernel-5.6.11-300.fc32.x86_64.rpm https://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org//packages/kernel/5.6.11/300.fc32/x86_64/kernel-core-5.6.11-300.fc32.x86_64.rpm https://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org//packages/kernel/5.6.11/300.fc32/x86_64/kernel-modules-5.6.11-300.fc32.x86_64.rpm
If you have “Tweaks” or “Extensions” installed, you can use the toggle at the top of the window to turn all extensions off, or use the individual toggles next to each extension. I’d say you start by disabling everything.
After each change, it might be a good idea to restart the shell, Alt+F2 and in the prompt that appears, type r and hit enter.
In the top-middle I just see date and time, a click on it shows the calender (and no notifications). At the top right there are the three stanrd symbols for network, volume and on/off.
Thanks for the Xorg hint!
Oh… then it looks like you are indeed using proprietary drivers.
Wayland is automatically disabled because of a compatibility problem between nvidia-drivers and gdm.
Part of the problem is because it is developed externally to the kernel, and device drivers have not a fixed binary interface like in Windows, nvidia drivers just cannot follows with kernel development. And I will suggest you ‘pin’ an older kernel… to avoid kernel updates… I need to look how to do it…
Looks like you add a line like:
to /etc/dnf/dnf.conf file.
and then remove other more recent kernels…
Yeah… honestly it seems weird to do.
Their interfaces are quite similar, but in Tweaks you have to select the Extensions pane first (not confusing at all, is it?). Both programs have a toggle for all of the extensions on the top right and individual toggles next to each extension.
I don’t think we can call xorg-x11-drv-nouveau the nouveau driver.
This is the mesa drivers for OpenGL display.
The nouveau driver is an other driver, inside the kernel. And when using the nvidia-drivers, noueau is not used at all, neither the one in the kernel, neither xorg-x11-drv-nouveau… as far as I know. To be honest… it is a bit unclear to me how much is done by the kernel part and which in the xorg-x11-drv-nouveau part… I think framebuffer is made avaiable by the kernel part. More precisely… drm (direct rendering manager) is done by the kernel… and drm use the nouveau driver in the kernel… I think.