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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Freezing Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) to Gnome2 (avoiding Update Pack 4)



To pevent accidental upgrade to Gnome 3.2, I've locked my repositories to Gnome 2. Planning on testing Gnome 3.2 at a later time. When I briefly used Linux Mint 12 (which uses Gnome 3.2), I was suffering the random X Server crashes and freezes that appears countless others (including official Ubuntu users) were as well: https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/889706

Gnome 3.4 apparently fixes the stability issue experienced in Gnome 3.2.  I have not tested LMDE Gnome 3.2 (that is with Update Pack 4), but I am initially assuming the same problem exists with this distribution as with Linux Mint 12 that uses Gnome 3.2.  I will eventually test Gnome 3.2 unless Gnome 3.4 is released for testing or experimental use in the Debian repositories relatively soon.

Update /etc/sources.list to (obviously replacing the existing lines, where appropriate, not adding to):
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb-src http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/gnome2-frozen testing main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/gnome2-frozen/security testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/gnome2-frozen/multimedia testing main non-free

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