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Re: Wheezy Sleezy Gnome

Why don't you try installing MATE?  There is a MATE repo available for
Wheezy:  'deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/debian wheezy main'

Just be sure to apt-get install the mate-archive-keyring package.  I'm
not sure if you've heard of MATE or not, but basically it's a fork of
Gnome 2 developed by Linux Mint.  It resembles Gnome 2 in almost all
respects, except it uses GTK3 instead of GTK2.

On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM, Patrick Bartek <bartek047@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: cletusjenkins <cletusjenkins@zoho.com>

> I recently bought a laptop, it came pre-installed with wheezy (because the
> nvidia driver needed a newer kernel). I really dislike the new version of gnome.
> I feel like my expensive laptop is hobbled. It feels like a slow $100 android
> tablet instead of a powerful computer.
> I can't customize anything about the desktop.
> Everything is buried under layers and layers of menus and all the apps are in
> jumbled lists.
> I installed several other desktops, icewm, lxde, kde, etc. I've never really
> liked KDE, but it seems to have decided to go in much of the same direction
> gnome has (and windows 8, so maybe just maybe someone at gnome should do some
> serious thinking about that, if you find you are doing the same thing microsoft
> is doing that should be a ). I like using LXDE and some of the other alternative
> on older, low-power machines, but most still have a hodge-podge look that
> screams windows 95. Icewm was my favorite in the early 0x, but they lost me when
> icepref disappeared. Anywhoo.....
> xfce looks the best of the bunch to me.

Do what I did.  I don't like GNOME 3 (or desktops "environments", in general) either, but I do want a GUI.  So, along with Wheezy, I just installed a window manager, Openbox, and LXPanel, and I've got a lean, fast GUI that breathes life into this aging machine of mine.

> My old laptop (the one I'm writing this on) has squeeze with gnome 2.30.2.
> Is there anyway to get an actual gnome *desktop* on wheezy sans all this
> metro-esque crap?

Maybe, when Wheezy goes stable, there'll be a backport of GNOME 2.  Just a thought since so many users hate 3.


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