“If you build it, they will come”
Field of Dreams
Update: We’ve got a logo now!
Building on the previous post, I decided to make a ‘clean’ implementation of Gnome 2.32 for Fedora 15 (And beyond!). Specifically for those of us who have already updated, and dislike the new experience.
Project BlueBubble aims to bring Gnome 2.32 packages in a Fedora-15 compatible way, breaking the least amount of packages possible. It’ll be a repository you can set up, and just “yum install gnome-desktop-classic”to get up and running. The only catch? It’s either Shell or Classic, a lot of packages conflict, but I’m trying my best to allow Gnome-Classic with Gnome 3.0 packages like gedit and totem.
The final goal? To provide installable media (32 and 64bit DVDs and CDs) that will allow you to install a straight up “Fedora Classic” experience.
This’ll be a remix though, which means we’ll have to shed the cool branding, replacing it with blue, empty circles.
My progress so far? I’ve rebuilt Nautilus, Evolution, gedit, gnome-terminal, and some others, 2.32 flavor, running on Fedora 15. Still missing the good parts, gnome-panels being ‘the big one’.
I’m renaming all my packages to -classic variants, which will get you nautilus-classic, gedit-classic and so on. Each Provides its original package, with the version it should, and Conflicts with the original version, which will probably make things complicated.We’ll see.
The target audience? I’d say its same people who want the “Old Coke” flavor to come back.
The E.T.A.? None. I don’t want to rush this. I’ll announce a public repository once I have one.
The help? I’d appreciate help, testing, and guidance. I’m flying solo here, and blind, too. Reach me at Freenode IRC. I’m in a dozen #fedora-* channels too.
I think the best thing about having switched to KDE, is that I can safely yum remove gnome* and see how my packages are working, one by one.
Finally, I want to leave you with a quote:
“The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he’ll fight and die for it.” ~ Francis Crick
I’m a very stubborn man. And I really want my Gnome Classic. The future can wait.