I've installed GNOME 3 in Mint 14 with sudo apt-get install gnome-shell but now I have a problem. The general functionality is ok, but the windows look like the windows in Mint or rather like the windows in "GNOME (default) 2D":

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And worse than that is the right-clicking-menu of the windows! For some reason my screenshot program is not able to make a screenshot of that menu.

And a second question: On the Gnome extensions page only 3 pages of extensions are available. Did I forget to install any packages?


I've also installed the following packages:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-session gnome-tweak-tool
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions gnome-shell-extensions-common

I suppose, that your session does not start Mutter or Metacity, but uses Mint's default Muffin Window Manager instead.

You might need to change your session file, e.g. /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome.session and set Mutter as your DefaultProvider-windowmanager, see this link for instance:

Could you supply your process tree with ps axjf, so that we could see, what processes are started in your X session with what args? For instance, here is my gnomish fragment of ps axjf and note that I have gnome-session started with --session gnome-fallback and also metacity as window manager.

  \_ /usr/lib/gdm3/gdm-simple-slave --display-id /org/gnome/DisplayManager/Display1
      \_ /usr/bin/Xorg :0 -br -verbose -novtswitch -auth /var/run/gdm3/auth-for-Debian-gdm-kcllLB/da
      \_ gdm-session-worker [pam/gdm3]
          \_ gnome-session --session gnome-fallback
              \_ /usr/bin/ssh-agent /usr/bin/dbus-launch --exit-with-session gnome-session-fallback
              \_ /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon
              \_ /usr/bin/metacity
              \_ gnome-panel
              |   \_ iceweasel
              |   \_ gnome-terminal
              |       \_ gnome-pty-helper
              |       \_ bash
              |           \_ ps axjf
              \_ /usr/lib/gnome-disk-utility/gdu-notification-daemon
              \_ /usr/lib/tracker/tracker-miner-fs
              \_ /usr/lib/tracker/tracker-store
              \_ /usr/lib/policykit-1-gnome/polkit-gnome-authentication-agent-1
              \_ gnome-screensaver
              \_ /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-fallback-mount-helper
              \_ bluetooth-applet
              \_ /usr/lib/evolution/3.4/evolution-alarm-notify
              \_ gnome-sound-applet
              \_ /usr/lib/notification-daemon/notification-daemon
              \_ nm-applet

This link shows that there are a few packages more you need to install (gnome-session gnome-tweak-tool) then add one of the suggested PPAs for extensions.

  • It gives me the Error, that it couldn't find gnome-shell-extensions-common ...and nothing changed – Jere Mar 28 '13 at 14:48
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    Please don't name you link this link or here. Give it a useful name like Linux Mint forum or Wikidpeia - FooBar. Second: Please provide the gist of the information found on the page. In case the link dies this answer becomes obsolete as well. – Marco Mar 28 '13 at 14:57
  • @Jere: did you add the PPAs as suggested there? And performed an 'apt-get update'? – schaiba Mar 28 '13 at 15:12
  • yes. and there were no errors... – Jere Mar 28 '13 at 15:25
  • @Marco Apologies; my edit introduced the generic link name when I uploaded the screenshot and I didn't change it. – John Bensin Mar 29 '13 at 2:47

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