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Re: Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop


Here my points about using Gnome 3.12:

Gnome 3.12 depends on 3D video drivers or a emulation of that. In Gnome
3.4 (Wheezy) there was a "fallback mode", but that's gone. There is now
something called "GNOME Classic" but that still needs 3D drivers. It's
only more "classic" with menu's etc.

There is something called LLVMpipe, it's a software fallback when there
is no 3D video driver. I don't know how well it works. Maybe here is
somebody with more information?  Is it automatically used in Debian,
when the videocard is not supported? How does it work on older machines?

There is something called "Gnome Flashback", but the version in Debian
is for Gnome 3.8, and the latest beta from upstream is for Gnome 3.10.
Not sure there will be a 3.12 version in time. It's not official, and
maybe the wrong way to go.

I saw with Debian Wheezy that some 3D drivers are really buggy (e.g.
nouveau). Maybe it's better now?

For some hardware there are no 3D drivers. E.g. in server-boards there
are most of the time very poor GPU's. I don't use a graphical
environment on servers myself most of the time, but I think many people
do. Not sure LLVMpipe is really useable.

Another point is desktop sharing. I use X2go and it does not work with
Gnome in 3D mode. Is here somebody who can tell me if VNC or RDP or
something else works? I must say that I don't like VNC, because it's
very slow. X2go is really fast.

Another point are virtual machines. Does Gnome 3.12 work fine inside
many virtual machines?

Does Gnome 3.12 work on LTSP?

Gnome 3.12 depends on GDM3 when I am not wrong. After some timeout GDM3
comes into a mode where a user who don't know how it works does not find
a way to login. I really don't like that.

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis.

Paul van der Vlis Linux systeembeheer, Groningen

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