Posted on April 13th, 2013 2 comments
So, you heard all the buzz about installing GNOME 3.8 on openSUSE 12.3? You love GNOME, but still are ‘stuck’ in the old way of working and heard that the ‘Classic’ mode might be the solution for you?
Well, GNOME-Classic has now been integrated into the GNOME 3.8 repository for openSUSE 12.3 and been tested… after some small issues in the initial phase (integration errors: I simply did not pay attention to the classic mode), I can produdly present you:
GNOME Classic as an option in GDM:
Once logging in with the GNOME Classic session selected, you will be greeted with a FULL GNOME 3 Desktop, but with a set of pre-defined extensions enabled (This is in essence ALL it is: just a collection of extensions that are pre-selected for you).
Don’t mistake this for GNOME 2.x, or an attempt to bring GNOME 2.x back.. it’s merely there to bridge you over to GNOME 3.
If you do not see the GNOME-Classic option, you likely do not have gnome-shell-classic installed (it is not selected by default).
zypper install gnome-shell-classic
Posted on April 11th, 2013 41 comments
The openSUSE GNOME Team is proud to present you
the GNOME 3.8 for openSUSE 12.3 – Repository
You have eagerly been waiting for it, maybe you even dared to install the test repositories published during the last few days… if you happen to be amongst the ones that reported issues with it, then ALL THANKS go to you!
GNOME 3.8 was released on March 27 2013; the openSUSE GNOME Team worked hard, day and night, to give you this nice release for openSUSE 12.3, which was released on March 13 2013, as quick as possible, without skipping the QA entirely.
HOW do you get it?
The basic pre-requisit is a fully updated openSUSE 12.3 GNOME installation, where you add the GNOME 3.8 repository on top.
zypper ar -f obs://GNOME:STABLE:3.8/openSUSE_12.3 GS38
zypper dup --from GS38
There should not be any more questions than ‘Are you sure’ and zypper will do the rest; on your next login, you will be greeted by GDM 3.8 and login to GNOME 3.8.
NOTE for users of Non-English installations: due to new language strings, it is very well possible that part of your UI is not translated; this is due to optimizations in the way openSUSE prepares language packages and bundles, but in this situation it ‘fails’. The best way around this is to install gnome-shell-lang explicitly.
Should you, despite the testing done by various people, run into any issues, please let the openSUSE GNOME Team know about this. The best ways to reach us:
- on IRC: #openSUSE-gnome @ irc.freenode.net
- by mail: openSUSE-gnome @ opensuse.org
- For things that we can not solve with a few mails / chat lines, please register a bug at https://bugzilla.novell.com, Make sure to mention that you run GNOME:STABLE:3.8.
If you’re a little bit less brave to just put it on your disk, but still would like to explore the options: there are life images being forged, which you can download HERE.
INTEL Graphic Chip Users
Please note that there is a known issue in the X-Stack of openSUSE 12.3, which GNOME 3.8 happens to expose. The fix for this has been released as an online Update (package Mesa); If you ensure your system is fully patched prior to installing GNOME 3.8, you should be all safe.