michaelzap wrote:Just wondering if anyone here has successfully gotten Gnome 3 to run and be stable on a Debian base. I have it functioning pretty well, but I do get unmet dependency errors trying to install some software. I'm thinking that this may be because I started with a Crunchbang Xfce installation that I just happened to have on a testing partition, and I'm wondering if it's worth starting over from a Gnome Debian install (such as LMDE) or if the repos are still just too incomplete to get this working properly no matter what I do.
JasonLG wrote:It doesn't matter, GNOME Debian and CrunchBang both have access to the same repos. GNOME 3 just hasn't made it all the way to even sid(unstable) yet.
michaelzap wrote:JasonLG wrote:It doesn't matter, GNOME Debian and CrunchBang both have access to the same repos. GNOME 3 just hasn't made it all the way to even sid(unstable) yet.
That's what I thought also, which is why I just used my #! install to test this out. But on the other hand I wonder if I had started with a working Gnome installation first if I wouldn't be having these particular dependency issues now (since I'd already have working Gnome apps like Empathy and Evolution installed, even if the library versions were a bit mixed up). What I'm running into now is being unable to install apps like this at all because they require older versions of some libraries than I have in my repos (which are sid + experimental). Maybe I just need to pin the Gnome 3 stuff and install these apps from the testing repos, but it was getting to be more work than I felt like putting into it. Like you pointed out, even the experimental repos don't have all the packages yet, so I probably just ought to be more patient.
JasonLG wrote:Experimental is not a complete package base like unstable, testing and stable. Everything that I've read said that you pretty much have to do some pinning with experimental. I'd wait it'll be a few months until it gets to testing. But a little FYI, IMHO GNOME pretty much sucks.
I actually kinda like Gnome 3/Gnome Shell. I'm definitely going to give it a chance, anyway. I think they made a lot of the right decisions in terms of managing workspaces and applications intuitively, and I've used it enough to feel like it basically corresponds to my work flow and doesn't get in my way (much).
dencar wrote:Don't know how you got gnome shell to install. I tried and kept running into insurmountable dependency problems. I was upset to discover it has been removed from repositories, too. How can Gnome 3 be "released' when the defining feature is not available? It took me a day to revert to fully functional Gnome 2, so I've learnt my lesson to wait for a genuine release.
sudo apt-get install -t experimental gnome3-session gnome-themes-standard gnome-control-center gnome-keyring gnome-media libdconf0 dconf-tools gsettings-desktop-schemas
I think that the telepathy libraries are still a major mess.
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