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    Lightbulb How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    I have a Arch linux system that runs GNOME 3.8.2 and another system that runs the new Debian Wheezy 7.1 that came out a few days ago. I really LOVE the GNOME Classic mode that is included on Debian 7.1, and though I use my Arch system most of the time, I prefer the Classic GNOME greatly over GNOME 3.8.2, so I was wondering if it is possible to add the GNOME classic included on debian and put it into Arch. And I don't want to use XFCE as a replacement. So if someone could tell me how to get GNOME classic on arch linux, That'll be great

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    Re: How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    Dont think it's possible. Other options are MATE and Gnome3 classic mode.

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    Re: How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by owemeacent View Post
    ...tell me how to get GNOME classic on arch linux...
    I think it requires the gnome-shell-extensions package. See here...

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=162407

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    Re: How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    While Gnome 3.4 (the version available in Debian Wheezy) and 3.8 (the Arch version) have a "Classic Mode", there are significant differences between the two.

    In Gnome 3.4, classic mode is a clone of Gnome 2 (albeit with fewer applets). It can be run without compositing and is lighter weight than Gnome Shell. In Gnome 3.8, classic mode is a suite of Gnome Shell extensions that mimic the Gnome 2 panels and menu. System requirements are the same as Shell and necessitate 3D rendering to function properly.

    I know you said "no XFCE", but you are not going to get a non-composited, traditional desktop on your Arch install with Gnome. That's not to say you don't have a lot of other choices: KDE, Mate, XFCE, LXDE and a number of window managers would accomplish this.

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    Re: How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilGil View Post
    I know you said "no XFCE", but you are not going to get a non-composited, traditional desktop on your Arch install with Gnome. That's not to say you don't have a lot of other choices: KDE, Mate, XFCE, LXDE and a number of window managers would accomplish this.
    Some people just don't want to hear that.

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    Re: How to get Debian 7 GNOME Classic or Arch Linux

    I think gnome-flashback provides a non-composited gnome3 desktop.

    https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeFlashback

    There's a package for it in the arch repos. I don't think it has anything to do with the debian default environment

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