Bug#626881: gnome-session: no way to access the preferences menu from fallback mode

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Mon May 16 04:11:48 UTC 2011

Package: gnome-session
Version: 3.0.0-2
Severity: normal

I'm running gnome 3 on a system with an older intel graphics card
which i need to run in fbdev mode to avoid kernel/X11 lockup.  this
system therefore enters gnome 3 in fallback mode.

Under gnome 2, i used to have three main menus: Applications, Places,
and System.  Under System there was "Preferences" and

After upgrading to gnome 3, i do not see any such System menu, and
it's not clear to me how i can even get it to come back.

This means i have no way to do things like adjust personal
configurations or system settings through the GUI.  This seems like a
pretty serious regression in UI for a desktop user.  There are many,
many machines still out there that will have to use fallback mode due
to lack of accelerated graphics.  Please don't leave them in an
unsupportable state!

Thanks for packaging gnome 3 for debian!  I recognize that i'm using
experimental packages; i'm doing so to make sure important use cases
(like older hardware) don't get left completely behind.  I appreciate
your making bleeding-edge stuff like this available for early



-- System Information:
Debian Release: wheezy/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.39-rc6-686-pae (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages gnome-session depends on:
ii  gnome-session-bin             3.0.0-2    GNOME Session Manager - Minimal ru
ii  gnome-session-common          3.0.0-2    GNOME Session Manager - common fil
ii  gnome-settings-daemon  daemon handling the GNOME session 
ii  gnome-shell           graphical shell for the GNOME desk
ii  policykit-1-gnome             0.101-2    GNOME authentication agent for Pol

Versions of packages gnome-session recommends:
ii  gnome-power-manager           2.32.0-2   power management tool for the GNOM
ii  gnome-session-fallback        3.0.0-2    GNOME Session Manager - GNOME fall
ii  notification-daemon           0.5.0-2    daemon to displays passive pop-up 

Versions of packages gnome-session suggests:
ii  desktop-base                  6.0.6      common files for the Debian Deskto
ii  gnome-keyring                 3.0.0-3    GNOME keyring services (daemon and
ii  gnome-user-guide              2.30.1-1   GNOME user's guide

-- no debconf information

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