Gnome-shell is the thing; /me is back to gnome again. Almost 4 days without ratpoison, that’s the longest since 2007 I had small stints with XFCE and musca in the middle.
Folks on Arch, get it from [gnome-unstable]. Here’s a post describing the process. Just note that, you must add the entry at before [extra], [community] in pacman.conf.
[gnome-unstable] is cutting edge stuff, some of the things break, including segfaults. If you have strong dependency like gnome-must-work-with-my-customizations, please wait until April.
I’m loving the life of a gnome-newbie so far. If you’re stuck with some settings, gnome developer documentation can help you with a hint.
Some tips learned (please correct me if I am wrong) so far -
- Gnome-shell seems to have a dependency on gdm. The “User Account” system doesn’t work in the expected way. So for folks moving from boot-to-console “init 3″ to boot-into-X “init 5″, refer archwiki. This will help you setup “gdm”.
- You’d need Pulseaudio for the default audio keys and gnome-sound-applet to work. Else your sound settings in gnome-control-settings will be greyed out. Thanks to folks at #archlinux.
- Changing themes and icons was a tough one. Here’s how the thing works currently:
- Most of the gnome3.0 settings seem to be managed by gsettings.
- The available settings are XML files, stored at /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas. For example, org.gnome.desktop.interface seems to store the settings for gtk-theme and icon-theme
- So how would you change the default icon-theme for system?
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme Faenza
Faenza is my icon theme.
But I still don’t know where the settings are saved. Need to poke around more