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Debian 7 default DE?

Postby stipex » 2011-05-18 18:09

I would like to know, what is the default desktop envoriment strategy for next stable Debian release? Since Gnome 3 is a major change from 2.x series, is it going to be a default DE in Debian 7?
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby PhilGil » 2011-05-18 19:50

Not sure if a conservative distro like Debian is ready for Gnome-shell. Its possible the devs will decide that Gnome 3 isn't stable enough for the next Debian release, and will go with Gnome 2 instead.

It may also be possible to make Gnome 3 fallback mode the default. I've been playing with a live USB of Fedora 15, and fallback mode is quite usable. The panels seem reasonably stable (at least as stable as Gnome2), customization and theming options are available and most of the core applets have already been ported.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby vbrummond » 2011-05-18 19:52

By the time Debian 7 launches Gnome 3 will be fantastic I am thinking. :)
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby dmhdlr » 2011-05-18 20:02

vbrummond wrote:By the time Debian 7 launches Gnome 3 will be fantastic I am thinking. :)


My hunch as well.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Mr James » 2011-05-19 11:03

Another KDE vote here. :mrgreen:
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Anzhr » 2011-05-19 12:59

By the time Wheezy is stable GNOME 3 will still be used by only a small percentage of people and be utterly irrelevant.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Mr James » 2011-05-19 14:47

Unity :shock: :lol:
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Drum.be » 2011-05-19 15:13

i vote for the Xfce enviroment.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Roel63 » 2011-05-20 10:18

What about "none", and provide a choice at booting the installer?
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby Drum.be » 2011-05-20 12:49

@Roel63: great idea
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby qjqqyy » 2011-05-20 15:46

Roel63 wrote:What about "none", and provide a choice at booting the installer?


I think a choice when downloading the CD ISO is better.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby emariz » 2011-05-20 17:26

Something to consider for the next version:
http://mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop- ... 00439.html

Basically, important Gnome maintainers propose to link some features of its features to systemd, which requires Linux, and known Debian developers protested because they believe that Gnome should try as hard as possible to be OS-independent.
Follow the discussion, it's interesting.

I don't have a side here yet. I understand that Debian has to be conservative (in general, not only in Stable) and that its developers should fight for portability, but I also believe that the Gnome developers shouldn't be preoccupied with tons of different scenarios because of a relatively small number of users.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby jw013 » 2011-05-20 19:51

Xfce is maturing very nicely. 4.8 is a large improvement over 4.6. By the time the wheezy freeze comes, I think Xfce will be able to compare with GNOME and KDE in terms of functionality and it seems to have been doing a better job not alienating its users lately. Haven't used Xfce lately (switched to barebones openbox as wm, a panel, and not much else), but just throwing that option out there.
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby dmhdlr » 2011-05-20 20:30

qjqqyy wrote:
Roel63 wrote:What about "none", and provide a choice at booting the installer?


I think a choice when downloading the CD ISO is better.


qjqqyy you like Windows, huh?
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Re: Debian 7 default DE?

Postby vbrummond » 2011-05-21 03:39

I can understand but I do not like the move of Gnome becoming Linux dependant. :/ It is a tough choice though.
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