gnome-session-fallback default in Linux Mint 12

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gnome-session-fallback default in Linux Mint 12

Postby Louis on Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:50 pm


I think that it would be a good idea to use gnome-session-fallback as the default desktop to get the old Gnome 2 feel of the desktop with Gnome 3 and GTK3 underneath.

I good thing could be to communize the fallback desktop to look exactly like Gnome 2 and then I think Gnome 2 lovers could be happy :)
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Re: gnome-session-fallback default in Linux Mint 12

Postby xenopeek on Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:13 pm

Well, as Clem has shared on the blog it isn't a good idea. The Gnome 3 developers have shared that fallback mode is transitory mode, and will be dropped from Gnome 3 much earlier than expected once they have done the work to have Gnome 3 Shell run with less powerful graphics cards (which is the reason there is a fallback mode currently, as not all graphics cards can run Gnome 3 Shell). Also, Gnome 3 fallback is not Gnome 2. At lot of compatibility problems are there, and it takes a lot of work for things like Gnome 2 panel applets work with Gnome 3 fallback.

You may want to listen to the recent mintCast episode, where this is discussed in detail:

Basically, Clem is looking at using Gnome 3.2 Shell as a base and extend that to include the Linux Mint menu in some way or form that makes it minty :wink: But there should also be a Gnome 2 / Mate based Linux Mint 12. With Mate (a recent fork of Gnome 2) it is even possible to have Gnome 3.2 and Mate in the same base install, so only one Linux Mint 12 version would be needed and you could have both Gnome 3.2 Shell and Mate for Gnome 2 as a session to choose at the login screen.
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