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cccc 02-07-2012 07:05 PM

Gnome Classic as a default Desktop
 
hi

We've wheezy with GNOME3.
We don't like it, so we've installed gnome-session-fallback.
There are many users accounts configured.
Now, howto configure Gnome Classic as a default Desktop, so we don't have to change manually on the login mask?

k3lt01 02-08-2012 12:42 AM

If you don't want Gnome Shell you can just uninstall it.

cccc 02-08-2012 06:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k3lt01 (Post 4596745)
If you don't want Gnome Shell you can just uninstall it.

If I try to deinstall gnome-shell, then it seems to deinstall gnome completely:
Code:

# apt-get remove --purge gnome-shell
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree     
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  gnome* gnome-core* gnome-session* gnome-shell*
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 4 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
After this operation, 1,271 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?


k3lt01 02-08-2012 12:14 PM

As far as I am aware Gnome's fallback is not dependent on Gnome Shell, you can have fallback without having Gnome Shell on your system Ubuntu does. Having said that I'll give you some homework, go into Synaptic click on gnome-session-fallback and look at what it depends on. Then check what each thing depends on and if you still believe that removing Gnome-Shell is going to strip your system of Gnome then just leave it.

widget 02-08-2012 12:29 PM

This feller is a long time tester of Ubuntu dev releases. Have no idea how well this would translate to Debian.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1873765

I think you may be able to get what you want better, quicker and more reliably by installing Xfce on top of Gnome and using Xfce as the DE (and its panel system) with as many of the Gnome programs as you need. You can, for instance, use Nautilus and allow it to run the desktop (I did that for several weeks before deciding I preferred Xfce even to the old Gnome panel DE). It worked pretty well.

There is even a package to make Gnome applets work on the Xfce panel but this will not work currently as Xfce is still using gtk2 and Gnome gtk3. I would think that when Xfce4.10 (supposed to come in March)using gtk3 that the package would once again work. This would be nice anyway.

cccc 02-08-2012 02:35 PM

http://blog.taz.net.au/2011/09/11/gn...lback-session/

Code:

# update-alternatives --config x-session-manager

frankbell 02-08-2012 09:44 PM

You might want to take a look at Cinnamon, the Linux Mint spin to make Gnome 3 Gnome 2 like; it's getting good reviews in the Linux-podcasting-sphere.

I don't think it's in the Debian repos yet, at least not for Squeeze.

http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/

Me, I'm happy with Fluxbox.

gradinaruvasile 02-11-2012 10:03 AM

Id say go for xfce 4.8. It is a long established and stable DE (4.8 has built in gvfs/gio support btw).
I dont know what you really need from gnome, but most functionality its there in xfce out of the box (or an apt-get away). I can tell you that xfce is more stable and faster than gnome. I used gnome 2 until i tested the gnome shell (hate it), since then i use xfce and had fewer issues than with gnome 2 (nautilus was the main crasher followed by gnome-panel). Thunar is more nimble and stable + it has a really simple do-it-yourself extension system that is very effective.

PS gnome fallback is not a solution because its only there for temporary backwards compatibility. It wont be maintained for long AFAIK.

cccc 03-04-2012 12:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gradinaruvasile (Post 4599747)
Id say go for xfce 4.8. It is a long established and stable DE (4.8 has built in gvfs/gio support btw).
I dont know what you really need from gnome, but most functionality its there in xfce out of the box (or an apt-get away). I can tell you that xfce is more stable and faster than gnome. I used gnome 2 until i tested the gnome shell (hate it), since then i use xfce and had fewer issues than with gnome 2 (nautilus was the main crasher followed by gnome-panel). Thunar is more nimble and stable + it has a really simple do-it-yourself extension system that is very effective.

PS gnome fallback is not a solution because its only there for temporary backwards compatibility. It wont be maintained for long AFAIK.

Yep, you are 100% right, Gnome 3 is not my thing and I really don't like it.
BTW I don't really know why my colleagues have installed Gnome3.


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