[Users] GTK+3 transition (was: Re: Hidden(?) CM feature(s)...)

JA Magallon jamagallon at ono.com
Fri Dec 2 00:11:45 CET 2011

On Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:40:56 +0100
Michael Rasmussen <mir at miras.org> wrote:

> On Thu, 1 Dec 2011 23:22:28 +0100
> Ricardo Mones <ricardo at mones.org> wrote:
> > 
> >   Unfortunately seems to be a one-man effort (as nobody else is committing on
> > the github repo), which it's probably not much given the size of gnome2.
> I don't think so:
> MATE is a fork of Gnome 2 which is compatible with Gnome 3. Thanks to
> MATE, you can run both versions of Gnome on the same system.

<rant :(>
Oh, no, Unity Chapter Two....

Why the h**ll has he/them to rewrite whole gnome ???
I'll never understand.
</rant :)>

If you want a traditional desktop environment, just write a replacement
for gnome shell. Pick the code from fallback mode in gnome shell and
write that. So you get for free all that gconf/dconf support, applications
written for gnome3, enhancements for free and so on (for example,
online accounts for a panel status indicator).
What is the sense in rewriting ALL of Gnome ?
Can't you just write a traditional session and panel with gtk3 ?

Even probably you don't have to do ANYTHING. There is still the
possibility to start Gnome in traditional mode. Mageia Cauldron has
a session file for that. It will work until Gnome people kills
fallback mode. But then you can fork _just that part_.

> MATE is present on the DVD edition of Linux Mint 12. Users of the CD
> edition can install it via the mint-meta-mate package.
> MATE is brand new, it's not completely stable yet, and it's missing a
> few parts. It's being actively maintained and with close collaboration
> between the MATE developers and Linux Mint. With time the project will
> gain maturity and provide users with a traditional and solid desktop
> experience.
> Eventually, MATE will be in every way identical to Gnome 2 and
> represent the future of traditional desktops within Linux.
> In Linux Mint 12, both mintDesktop (in the RC) and mintMenu (in the
> stable release) are adapted and receive full support to work with MATE."
> http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_lisa_whatsnew.php

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