[Durham] Gnome 3

Dougie Nisbet dougie at highmoor.co.uk
Wed Jan 4 16:51:03 UTC 2012

On 04/01/2012 12:55, Oliver Burnett-Hall wrote:
> On 3 January 2012 19:00, Dougie Nisbet<dougie at highmoor.co.uk>  wrote:
>> I installed Debian on an old server (it doesn't have a DVD drive and I
>> couldn't be bothered trying to figure out how to get LMDE to install on it -
>> and no, can't boot from usb). It was really straightforward and I'd
>> forgotten how much I liked it. It's given me Gnome2. Then I installed it on
>> an old laptop, and it's given me Gnome 3. Not quite sure how I managed that.
>> But Gnome3 is ghastly.
> Which versions of Debian are you running?  Stable (squeeze) has Gnome
> 2, testing (wheezy) changed to Gnome 3 very recently (something that I
> hadn't realised until your message, I'm only using stable at the
> moment).
It's testing, but I've figured out why I'm getting Gnome2 on one machine 
and Gnome3 on another. On the dusty old server with CRT monitor it's 
falling back to Gnome2 ... lucky me! http://www.bluecedar.org.uk/?p=208
I'm using xfce4 at the moment and apart from a couple of annoyances it 
does pretty much everything I need.

>> Ping->Olly, what desktop are you using?
> Mainly KDE4 at the moment, though I don't use anything other than its
> most basic features.
> I've had a little play with Gnome 3 and experienced a bit of culture
> shock -- it's very different from anything I've used before.  In some
> ways I prefer it to Unity in that it went all the way to become
> activity-centric, whereas Unity seems slightly stuck between this and
> a more traditional desktop environment.  I've been meaning to try
> using Gnome 3 more to see if it is something that I could get used to.

I admit I'm probably too ready to dismiss something new-fangled. I shall 
have another look later. Probably.


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