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Mr. Alex 06-27-2010 10:02 AM

Installing Gnome from repositories on Mepis
I installed Mepis 8 on VB and searched for something like "gnome-desktop". Nothing... So it really is impossible to install Gnome on Mepis from repositories?

fbt 06-27-2010 10:14 AM

Although I haven't done it, there has been some discussion of it at

ordealbyfire83 06-27-2010 09:02 PM

You can indeed install Gnome very easily. Just run Synaptic and hit reload to make sure it is aware of all the available packages. For some reason, the first time you run it, it only shows the installed packages. Then search for gnome-desktop-environment. It will require 222 dependencies on a fresh install and will require >660 MB.

This will give you a "stock" version of Gnome 2.22. You can of course later customize GDM (it will use the nice OLD, customizable version), and the wallpaper etc. You will probably want to get another icon theme though. But beware that when possible it will use some of the KDE icons.

N.B.: You will be prompted during install whether you want to use KDM or GDM as the default login prompt.

archtoad6 06-28-2010 12:41 PM

Accidental duplicate post -- see below

archtoad6 06-28-2010 12:47 PM

aptitude, now preferred by Debian over apt-get, can also be used.


# aptitude show gnome
Unable to find an archive "8.0" for the package "gnome"
Package: gnome
State: not installed
Version: 1:2.22.2~5
Priority: optional
Section: gnome
Maintainer: Debian GNOME Maintainers <>
Uncompressed Size: 20.5k
Depends: gnome-desktop-environment (= 1:2.22.2~5), gdm-themes,
        gnome-themes-extras, gnome-games (>= 1:2.22.2), libpam-gnome-keyring
        (>= 2.22.2), gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly (>= 0.10.8),
        gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg (>= 0.10.4), rhythmbox (>= 0.11.5), synaptic (>=
        0.62), system-config-printer (>= 1.0.0), totem-mozilla, swfdec-mozilla,
        epiphany-extensions, evolution-plugins (>= 2.22.2), evolution-exchange
        (>= 2.22.2), evolution-webcal (>= 2.21.92), gnome-spell (>= 1.0.4),
        serpentine, gnome-app-install, transmission-gtk, bluez-gnome,
        gnome-vfs-obexftp, arj, p7zip, avahi-daemon
Recommends: gnome-games-extra-data (>= 2.22.0), gnome-office (= 1:2.22.2~5),
            tomboy (>= 0.10.2), update-notifier, empathy | pidgin, gparted,
            tsclient, network-manager-gnome, hal-cups-utils, gthumb, liferea |
            blam, menu-xdg, gdebi, hardinfo
Suggests: gnome-dbg,,
Conflicts: gnome-cups-manager
Description: The GNOME Desktop Environment, with extra components
 This is the GNOME Desktop environment, an intuitive and attractive desktop,
 with extra components.

 This package depends on the standard distribution of the GNOME desktop
 environment, plus a complete range of plugins and other applications
 integrating with GNOME and Debian, providing the best possible environment to

Until KPackage & Synaptic are re-written to use aptitude as their back ends, I prefer to use aptitude directly.

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