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Old 06-06-2004, 10:47 PM   #1
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howto install gnome 2.6 on Debian testing

Hi all,

What is the "Debian way" to go about installing GNOME 2.6 on Debian testing (Sarge)? I know I colud upgrade to Sid, but I would prefer to avoid the volatility of package updates and breakage with something that is "unstable." Thanks for your thoughts.
Old 06-07-2004, 02:39 AM   #2
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Actually, mixing testing and unstable is more volatile and subject to breakage than just using pure unstable.

You just have to be a bit more attentive when installing packages if you use pure Sid (because packages may be "broken" in one way or another), but mixing Sarge and Sid can mean gcc and glibc conflicts that can break your whole system-- especially when dealing with a large group of packages like GNOME.

If I was you, I would head over to and see if there was a backport to woody, of go to, download the source and compile it myself.

Hope this helps.
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I don't think it has reached Sid yet.
Old 06-07-2004, 06:27 PM   #4
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gnome 2.6 is available for Sid. i did an "apt-get upgrade" a couple days ago and i found myself at a broken gnome 2.6 desktop. then i wiped Sid out of frustration over more and more broken packages. i think i'll just wait until gnome 2.6 merges into testing. i'm patient, and there really isn't that much i'm missing out on by using 2.4. thanks.



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