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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Bare minimum Gnome Reply with quote

What packages do I need to install to get a bare-minimum Gnome desktop? Personally, I use Xmonad without a DE proper, but I need Gnome handy so I can do development-related testing with a regular (non-tiling) WM, panel menus, and icons. Other than that, I don't need anything gnome provides. The gnome (meta) package installs way too much stuff.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short answer: there isn't one. Gnome is too tightly integrated.
Corollary: gnome-light is about as stripped down as it gets. This still includes a ridicules number of packages that are "required", like cheese, etc, but it does include less than the meta.

EDIT: I don't know which version you are planning on using, but the grape vine has it that the newer versions of gnome3 will depend on systemd directly.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ìndeed, Gnome 3.6 will depends on SystemD.

One of many reason why I left Gnome and I use Xfce :P
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help, but one more question: After installing gnome-light and logging in, gnome behaves as though it has no window manager. I.e., applications launch, but their windows are not movable and have no window bars or buttons. However, "x11-wm/metacity" is already installed on the system. Presumably there is a config setting somewhere that I need to tweak...?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The GNOME 3 window manager is x11-wm/mutter; you need working 3D drivers to run it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ant P. wrote:
The GNOME 3 window manager is x11-wm/mutter; you need working 3D drivers to run it.


I don't, unfortunately. Isn't there supposed to be some kind of fall back mode?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a fallback mode, I suppose You are in it :lol: - but it's buggy, not properly tested etc.. even gnome team admits that.
If You don't have 3D I would recommend You use good, old, rock-solid gnome 2.32 - which is currently stable gnome version in portage tree ("arch")
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