Okay, day one, I have a feeling of trepidation – using a beta product for doing real work is risky. I realize I do this at my own risk, and SAVE OFTEN.
How Do I Run It?
Via a terminal, for now. I prefer to be able to log into Gnome2, and then launch gnome-shell via a terminal. It lets me view the output in the terminal from the program at any moment, and I can also kill the terminal and launch Metacity in case of emergency.
Such an emergency has not arisen, yet.
So. You can install gnome-shell via Synaptic or by typing: sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
I installed the newest version via a ppa though, but for now I will leave you guys with the ones in the repo.
To run it, do two things.
1. TURN OF COMPOSITING (disable desktop effects)
2. In a terminal, type: gnome-shell –replace