[lug] gnome shell, unity and going back

Doug Pintar ratnip3 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 12:56:58 MST 2011

Linux Mint 11 (Katya) installs with Gnome 2 and has always worked for me 
right out of the box.  Download the DVD version from their website and all 
will be well.  Good luck,
Doug Pintar

----- Original Message ----- 

> Hi,
> after half a day spent trying to figure out why my shiny new debian
> box was completely broken (menus disappearing, missing applications
> and commands, a lot of weird behaviors - I thought I had by mistake
> apt-get-remove'd something critical), I figure out (after a clean
> reinstall) they've just pushed out the new gnome shell.
> I'm sick, after half a day spent with it (even in fallback mode) I
> want gnome 2 back. Does anybody have any experience in running any
> distribution with gnome 2? And I mean, any distribution committed to
> providing future support, not just an old distribution with a nearby
> end of life (I couldn't find any, but maybe you've done more
> homeworks).
> Did anybody moved to KDE? With what success? What about switching
> XFCE? I'm considering this my only option, at this point.
> Or did anybody hated gnome3 a lot (even in fallback and trying to
> restore the "super-needed" functionalities such as
> "focus-follow-mouse", "minimize" and "maximize") and eventually
> learned to like (or at least cope with) it?
> And yes, I've seen the few articles on LWN about it, starting from
> this one: http://lwn.net/Articles/433409/ (not sure I've seen them
> all, so if you have a link to a good one, please post, even if it's
> behind the paywall: I'm member).
> Bottom line question: I know only myself can know what I need and like
> and I should try it by myself. However, since this is a major switch
> which I was hoping to avoid, I would love to learn what other people
> did - I mean, people who loved gnome 2 and hated gnome 3 (and unity
> FWIW) when they first saw it, if you are not in this category, feel
> free to comment, but it's not your opinion I'm looking for :-)
> Thanks a lot.
> Davide
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