How to install Gnome Shell 3.2 on Debian Testing

21 january 2012 | Classified in: Linux | Tags: debian, testing, extension, gnome shell

If you are using an up-to-date installation of Debian Testing today, you have probably realised that Gnome-Shell is only available in version 3.0 from the testing repository at the time I'm writing this article (21.01.2012).

Note: Gnome-Shell 3.2 is now in Debian Testing. Simply update your system to use it. These instructions are for information only.


If you want to install some extensions to make Gnome more usable, you will need a version of Gnome-Shell <= 3.2.
You can track the Status of Gnome 3.2 in Debian from this page.
As you can see, the Gnome-Shell 3.2 package is stuck in the Unstable repository for some reasons which means we will have to install it directly from Unstable.


You understand that we are going to install a package from the Unstable repository (also called SID for Still In Development) so please don't blame me if something goes wrong :-)


Open a terminal and login your root account or use sudo before typing the following commands.

First, make sure you system is up-to-date:

# apt-get update && apt-get upgrade

Open your sources.list in order to add the Unstable repository (sid):

# nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Then paste the following lines:

deb sid main non-free contrib
##deb-src sid main non-free contrib

Once this is done, you can save and close the file but you will need to reload the package list:

# apt-get update

Then you can install Gnome-Shell from the sid repository:

# apt-get install gnome-shell/unstable

When the install of Gnome-Shell is finished, I recommend you remove (or comment) the lines we added to the sources.list file.


That's it. You can now install extensions from your broswer (you will need to use a compatible browser such as Firefox Iceweasel or Epiphany) and start enjoying the other great features of Gnome 3.2.


Avatar Gravatar TechLW said: transparent#1 [wednesday 08 february 2012 at 11:00]

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Avatar Gravatar Johnny said: transparent#2 [thursday 31 october 2013 at 05:16]

You can follow this article

Aptitude is an Ncurses based FrontEnd to Apt, the debian package manager.

Tasksel is a tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated “task” onto your system.

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Install gnome on debian

# tasksel install gnome-desktop --new-install

Avatar Gravatar Rodgerani said: transparent#3 [monday 18 november 2013 at 01:00]

The instructions appear easy enough to follow, thanks that.

Avatar Gravatar ucherodger said: transparent#4 [monday 18 november 2013 at 01:03]

I'm going to assume this works for the more recent revision, since the differences are fairly minimal.

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It works! I personally installed the Gnome Shell 3.2 on my brower and it really works. It's compatible and easy to use. Thank you this great update, hoping to get more adds on for my browser.

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