Luckily the debian wheezy package works quite well on jessie -- but that's pure luck. I'm currently on the fence between hoping that SGE continues to work well until the SID version trickles down to backports (IF it does), or whether to learn how to set up SLURM instead.
Either way, here are a few things that annoyed me in Jessie (more specifically they annoyed me in GNOME) and that had to be fixed:
* Turn off update notifications
I hate being bugged by notifications about updating/upgrading my system. I'm not running windows -- it's unbecoming of a linux desktop to behave like that.
To fix it, go to Settings, Personal/Notifications and untick Package Updater
(simple -- you just need to know it's there)
* Nautilus doesn't do extra pane anymore. Bye bye nautilus.
Instead, install nemo, which is the rigthful heir to nautilus. It pulls in a lot of dependencies, but it's worth it.
To make nemo default do
* Gnome-terminal doesn't do transparency anymore. Bye bye gnome-terminal.me@beryllium:$ xdg-mime query default inode/directory org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop me@beryllium:$ xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search me@beryllium:$ xdg-mime query default inode/directory nemo.desktop
Instead, install lx-terminal. To set it as default in both the OS and gnome, in the terminal do
* Adding firefox and thunderbird to default applicationsgsettings set org.cinnamon.desktop.default-applications.terminal exec lxterminalsudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator
I also felt compelled to install firefox and add it to the list over available applications in gnome so I could set it as the default browser Edit /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/x-www-browser so that it reads
I also followed this post: http://verahill.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/530-briefly-adding-new-entry-to-default.htmlauto /usr/bin/x-www-browser x-www-browser.1.gz /usr/share/man/man1/x-www-browser.1.gz /usr/bin/chromium 40 /usr/bin/firefox-bin 70 /usr/bin/iceweasel 70 /usr/share/man/man1/iceweasel.1.gz
For thunderbird, I only followed the latter post.
* To disable screen saver completely:
* I've got no idea how to elegantly exorcise bijiben-shell-search-provider, which keeps making my CPU usage spike. It's not nice.
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.power active false
* Note that dragging windows no longer works with Alt+left click -- instead use the windows key (Super key). Why this old standard behaviour got nuked I don't understand.
* I installed ksnapshot and set it as the default for prtn scrn instead of the crippled gnome-screenshot. Yes, it pulls in a lot of dependencies, but it's worth it.
Looking at the list above I'm slowly realising that it's probably time to say goodby to gnome for good. It's not going to a place where I want to follow it.
There are a few things that I like about gnome 3. Well, there's a single thing that I like that got introduced: quickly searching for programs in the Activities Overview. Turns out that the applications menu wasn't that necessary after all.
The removal of features from nautilus, screenshot, terminal etc annoys me a lot though. Same goes for the removal of the minimize button.
Finally, I only find gnome useable once I've installed the gnome extensions by frippery. Stock gnome is useless to me.