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Gnome, xfce….

Debian finally has gnome3 in its unstable repository. Given that there has been a lot of adverse commentary on gnome3, I am not sure if I am going to like it. At the same time, I have been very curious and wanted to try it.

This is what I did.

  1. Shifted to xfce about a week ago. That was fairly smooth. I liked xfce.
  2. Installed gnome3 from unstable repositories yesterday. With apt-pinning, I mix and match packages from testing and unstable. It just took:
    apt-get update && apt-get -t unstable install gnome-session

I could not, however, login to gnome and had to use gnome-fallback.

With my intel graphics card, I still need to login to gnome-fallback. Open a terminal, and do “export GNOMESHELLDISABLE_TFP=1″. Then, alt-f2 and do “gnome-shell –replace”.

With this, I have gnome-shell.

Needed to fix extensions, install gnome-tweak-tool and several things like that. But I do, finally, have gnome3 on my computer.

Like it? Don’t know yet.

Problems that remain:

  1. Mouse is sluggish. Freezes for a few moments and I have to bang the touchpad to wake it up.

  2. Can’t turn off sounds of events. Does not respect ‘mute’ in settings.


For the record: I shifted to xfce on the third day and have been a happy user of it since then.

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