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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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GNOME Shell 2.91: Installing in Ubuntu 10.10

Posted 10-23-2010 at 04:56 PM by Kenny_Strawn
Updated 10-23-2010 at 07:20 PM by Kenny_Strawn

According to this article, GNOME Shell is making more progress than I originally thought. However, Shell 2.91 is not in the original location that I thought it was in.

I once thought that the version of GS in Florian MŁellner's screenshot wasn't uploaded to Git -- yet. When I submitted a bug saying that changes to the Shell weren't getting pushed to GNOME Git, I got pointed to this:

Apparently, Florian MŁellner's screenshot is of a version of GS in the Git repos -- but in a completely self-contained branch of GNOME Shell.

Ah, the irony. Well, I currently am building it right now.

Here's what I had to add to my .jhbuildrc to get this branch instead of the default:

repos[''] = ' overview-relayout'
Now, I can't wait for GS to fully build. Hopefully, it will build correctly. I will be sure to post another blog entry describing my experience.

Follow the same instructions as for this article, but after the shell setup script auto-generates the ~/.jhbuildrc, edit it by adding the line described above. Then, it's JHBuild as usual.

If you have GTK RGBA enabled, however, you might need to do some more editing. Open the shell setup script ( in Gedit and find the line where it checks for the GNOME version. Change it to this:

gnome_version=`gnome-session --version 2> /dev/null | grep [23].* | cut -c 15,16,17,18,19,20`
Now, save the setup script and run it, proceeding to edit the .jhbuildrc file (to include the above line) when it is written.

After you are all done, you would see GNOME Shell like Florian sees it.
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