Im not positive, because I haven't done it first hand, but I've read that getting Gnome to install on Mepis 7 might need the mepis mirror disabled in the apt.sources.list.
This might have something to do with your issue of not having gtk icons on the system.
It's odd, but I can understand to some extent with Mepis being very KDE-centric.
This is straight from the FAQ:
* Is there a known issue with GTK+ (GIMP Tool Kit) programs?
Yes. There is a known issue with programs that require GTK+. The version of GTK+ used in Mepis 7 Series is newer than the version used in Debian Etch. Due to the upgrade there are various incompatibilities between GTK+ programs in the Etch repositories and Mepis 7 series. Currently GTK+ applications will be added to the official Mepis repositories on an on-demand basis.
We expect the much ballyhooed Community repository will assist in catching GTK+ based programs that the main development staff does not have time to work on.
* I want to use the Gnome Desktop interface?
While Mepis is a KDE-Centric Linux distribution several applications used are built on GTK+ (GIMP Tool Kit). Gnome is one of these applications. Due to an incompatibility of the Mepis 7 Version of GTK+ to the Debian Etch Version of GTK+, a version of the Gnome Desktop interface is currently available in the official Mepis repositories. End users should be able to install the Gnome Desktop Interface through the Synaptic application.
The inclusion of Gnome in the official repositories does not mean that official version of Mepis 7 with Gnome the Gnome desktop is under development. As far as we are aware there are no plans to focus any Mepis staff on developing a Gnome based release.
However, if community members want to respin Mepis 7 to include Gnome, feel free to go ahead and do so.
Might want to consider going straight Debian?
Last edited by mipia; 08-23-2008 at 06:58 PM.
Reason: Found the FAQ