They remove the «fallback mode» or «classic mode» in Gnome 3.8

The "fallback mode«, Also known as the session«Classic GNOME«, Will no longer be included from GNOME 3.8, the next stable version of GNOME. Users using computers without graphics acceleration can use GNOME Shell through llvmpipe, which is already supported for some versions.

The GNOME 3.8 Features Page mentions some of the reasons behind the decision to abandon the "fallback mode" among which the most important seems that it is "in maintenance mode", without any new features or active development for a long time. Other reasons include:

  • hardly anyone puts it to the test
  • the presence of "fallback mode" is having a negative impact on the quality of the GNOME 3 user experience 
  • various applications, such as Totem or Cheese, require Clutter and cannot work without GL. Therefore, they will not work in "fallback mode"
  • some architecture changes require additional work to get everything to work in fallback mode, even though it does not offer a complete user experience

Dropping "fallback mode" doesn't just mean that there will be no more classic GNOME session. With it, some GNOME modules may disappear, such as: metacity, gnome-panel, gnome-applets, notification-daemon, gnome-screensaver, polkit-gnome and nm-applet.

Additionally, this decision affects Unity, LXDE and Xfce because they make use of some spare components like the GNOME configuration daemon tray icons.

But not everything is bad, because removing the "fallback mode" implies that some modules such as GNOME Control Center, GDM or Nautilus could be simplified.

Ubuntu users at the moment do not have to worry about these changes, since the next version of Ubuntu -13.04 Ringtail Raring-, will continue to use GNOME 3.6 for the most part and not the latest GNOME 3.8 that will come without the «fallback mode ».

Source: WebUpd8

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  2.   Luis said

    fallback mode was the best of Gnome3

  3.   Jerome Navarro said

    you have to use MATE !!

  4.   anonymous said

    The problem as they have said does not affect only Unity (I do not doubt that Canonical may have the resources, especially in terms of money, to be able to get rid of Gnome if they wish), the problem is that this also affects LXDE and Xfce.

    These Gnome always playing the balls, they should send them to hell, which is where they deserve to be with their increasingly useless toy environment.

  5.   Jefferson Rausseo said

    I do not think there is something wrong with Gnome modifying its modules and rethinking its ideas, the problem is with the others who have developed tied to this project, for me the Gnome environment or any other can be developed thinking all the life of others environments. And in any case, the code of these modules will continue to exist there, whoever wants to continue developing them will be able to do so without problems. It seems like a wise decision to me.

  6.   Let's use Linux said


    On November 9, 2012 21:00 pm, Disqus wrote:

  7.   SoftLibre said

    Perhaps at this time the main
    Linux distros (commercial + debian), they should set a simple and
    minimal graphical environment similar to (or one of) Xfce, Lxde or Razor-qt, like
    "Lowest common denominator graphic" (how nice it has been)

    I explain:

    -Although the distro has another default environment (RH-Fedora GnomeShell, OpenSuse KDE SC, Ubuntu Unity, etc)

    -That involves a minimum of maintenance, packages, space in the iso, visual integration, ...

    -Offering low system requirements (without extremes) and broad hardware compatibility.

    -To facilitate the creation of manuals and the creation of graphic scripts at the
    industry (installation and configuration, as an example; also manuals and
    courses for non-advanced users ...)

    Such an option when entering the login would reduce the "feeling" of
    fragmentation on Linux, and I even think graphical environments don't
    They would have to be weighed down with things like gnome-fallback and monetize resources to advance and innovate.


  8.   Jamin fernandez said

    "Dropping" fallback mode "doesn't just mean there will be no more classic GNOME session. With it, some GNOME modules may disappear, such as: metacity, gnome-panel, gnome-applets, notification-daemon, gnome-screensaver, polkit-gnome and nm-applet »

    It is exactly everything Canonical uses to give life to its Unity… On the other hand, it is good that they eliminate all those things if Canonical is really dedicated to developing its own desktop environment and stop using tools borrowed from Gnome… I always have. said Gnome is a RetHat project and more and more they are standardizing the environment more so that nobody else uses it .. And it seems correct to me, in the world of free software EVERYONE can develop their own and I know that Canonical can achieve it and design their own without using anything from Gnome 🙂