[ALUG] Gnome panel?

steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk
Tue May 9 20:30:26 BST 2017

On 09/05/17 16:48, Bev Nicolson wrote:
> On 09/05/17 14:04, steve-ALUG at hst.me.uk wrote:
>> Oops, I misread/assumed you'd said Gnome 3 not gnome 2.
>> What are you managing to run gnome 2 on?  I thought everyone had 
>> ditched it?
> Ubuntu 14.04LTS. And I know I should really upgrade but...(plus I like 
> Gnome 2. I'd be upset to lose it.)

Well, as long as it's still being supported you'll be OK-ish.  Don't 
make the same mistake I did and let it go out-of-support before updating 
- that took a while to fix!

> The googling I've done suggests swopping to metacity then back again 
> afterwards but I'm unsure how one does that.

Er, to do what?  Give you back the ability to remove stuff?

This may show you how to switch to metacity 


|metacity --display=:0 --replace ) |

but switching back depends on knowing what you're currently running - 
presumably compiz?  To be honest I'm not sure what it would achieve, and 
you run the risk of having a non-functioning GUI!

> Bev. (bronze age computing?)

Me too, but my bronze age computing is in the age of the hardware I run.

Not trying tell you what to do, but I have started using Lubuntu on my 
laptop, and migrated my server from Ubuntu to XUbuntu.  The migrating 
was a bit hard due to my distro going out-of-support, but I managed it.  
With a bit of tweaking (removing the fancy task-manager-bar at the 
bottom of the screen, and replacing it with a dumber one) it's fine.  
Quite Gnome 2 like.  And best of all, it's bang up-to-date.  Actually, 
some of the gnome apps look a bit funny as they're designed to work on 
Gnome 3.

On my laptop, I have Lubuntu.  I like it more than XUbuntu, but don't 
run it on my server because it doesn't have as much support nor LTS 
releases.  Agian some gnome apps look wierd.

I've heard good things about Mint too.

Eventually, you're probably going to have to update, so it may be worth 
trying things out before you're forced to change.


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