Archive for August, 2011
So we all complained about fglrx not working with GNOME Shell and it was evil AMD closed source drivers ignoring GNOME users, at least that is what you would think.
The opposite is true here it seems.
As we can read in this bugzilla report. A bugzilla that is not owned by AMD.
We can see AMD respond explaining they noticed the problem 2011-08-10 and it was fixed within 2 days.
They also explain that it takes 4 weeks to go through QA testing before it finally gets released. That obviously makes sense to anyone.
So how can things take this long? Didn’t GNOME developers actually test gnome-shell with fglrx drivers? Didn’t distributions that noticed the bug realize the Bugzilla wasn’t even owned by AMD at all? What would have happened if GNOME developers actually reported this to AMD while GNOME Shell was in a more early development cycle back in 2010?
Thank you AMD! Looking forward for the 11.9 driver that will hopefully come out within 4 weeks.
“Nelson Marques 2011-05-25 23:30:05 UTC
ATI/AMD needs to fix this, not really us… I’ve opened this bug report on
their end, and other distro’s have the same issue…”
Here is a very short guide what I would do directly after install.
Open a terminal and become root. (you type in su and hit enter and then give your root password)
Now the first thing would be to update the repository database:
It will now tell you there is 1 update available, glibc. This is an update that always must be installed before anything else so go ahead.
After installation it will re-spawn Entropy and continue asking to install the additional updates.
We stop here and first install the new entropy code with a trick so it doesn’t start pulling in huge dependency trees. Entropy does not need them to run anyway.
equo install entropy equo --relaxed
Once done we need to sort the mirrors. I noticed that on my test case it was set to a mirror in Australia. This is the other side of the globe and obviously not the best speedy connection I could get.
equo repo mirrorsort sabayon-weekly
Wait for it to test and then continue.
And there you have it.
About 2 weeks ago GNOME 3 was added to the testing repository and I think it is good enough for more experienced users to go and play with it. I’d like to state that if you like GNOME 3 or not, we cannot help that.
*** PHAT WARNING ***
If you use fgrlx drivers (<=11.7) do not migrate yet, GNOME Shell doesn't work with it!
You can get it to work if you remove ati-drivers and move to the OpenSource ati driver and switch to Gallium3d (eselect mesa)
*** END WARNING ***
To give you a head start here let me give you a quick howto migration guide.
1. Add Limbo (obviously)
2. Upgrade your system completely
3. Restart your system (A new gdm is installed and for me it required me to reboot or restart dbus)
If you log in the first time you will notice a warning and the Fallback desktop will load. This is wanted behaviour.
4. Install gnome-shell and log out
5. log in and there you go.
Some tweaks to apply:
– install gnome-tweak-tool
– install gnome-extra/gnome-shell-extensions-activities-button
Open gnome-tweak-tool and then:
File manager – Put all options on if you want desktop Icons
Interface – Select the Elementary icon theme as your default theme