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What make gnome3 different between fedora and redhat/centos?

asked 2018-04-01 08:37:40 -0500

marvic gravatar image

Gnome3 on CentOS and Red Hat are Enterprise performance-friendly and simplified. However Gnome3 on Fedora is opposite. Why?

And How to make Gnome3 on Fedora behave as the one on CentOS/Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

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answered 2018-04-04 11:20:35 -0500

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updated 2018-04-04 11:21:05 -0500

RHEL and CentOS use GNOME Classic, a set of extensions that makes the GNOME 3 desktop look and behave more like GNOME 2. These extensions are included in Fedora, but they're off by default.

To switch to GNOME Classic:

  1. Log out
  2. Click the cog icon
  3. Choose "GNOME Classic"
  4. Log back in

I personally find GNOME 3 to be simpler and more useful than GNOME 2, but GNOME Classic is a great resource for folks who prefer the previous version. For more on the research and refinement that went into GNOME 3, see GNOME Shell Design.

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answered 2018-04-01 15:12:50 -0500

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we are given option to choose between Bleeding edge and Rock Solid Stability.

go for Fedora to experience the thrill and enjoy the cutting edge tech, it may break with an update and you have to wait till a fix is released or find a work around.


go for RHEL/CentOS install and configure the system once and use for another 10years or more - best for production systems. this system rarely breaks and is worth trying out if you just need to get the work done and not care about latest updates to apps or new feature additions.

i remember CentOS had older version of Gnome than in Fedora which was sleek and low on resources. you can downgrade to older Gnome version by following various guides available on net for same.

i was earlier using CentOS 6 with Gnome 2 for along time at home, when i tried few latest Linux Live images i felt stuck back in time and decided to try some new experience with Fedora Gnome.

i really like the Gnome which comes with fedora and no issues so far. and if you need a stable Gnome experience you can go for CentOS/RHEL.

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answered 2018-04-01 14:55:55 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. In order to answer your question, I need to explain the differences between the three versions. RHEL is, as its name says, an Enterprise Class distribution with paid support, and RedHat does the best it can to use only stable, well-tested versions of everything, including Gnome. CentOS is a community-supported distribution based on an older version of RedHat. The software is, again, well-tested and stable, but it doesn't update or upgrade very often. If you need stability but can't afford (or don't expect to need) paid support, CentOS is a good choice. Fedora is a rapidly-evolving, community-supported testbed for new programs, new ideas, new technologies that are normally good enough for everyday and home use but may not quite be ready for Prime Time. There are updates/upgrades to various packages almost daily, a new version is released every six to nine months, and only the two most recent receive updates or patches, even for security issues. Thus, the version of Gnome3 provided with Fedora may still have rough edges, the one you get with RHEL should work smoothly and CentOS will give you an older version of Gnome3 that will work just fine, even though it's not the Latest and Greatest.

If you have any more questions, or need help with any issues, please feel free to ask, as that's what we're here for. Again, welcome to ask.fedora!

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To be correct CentOS is not based on an older (or stripped down) version of RHEL. Since RHEL is based on opensource software, i.e. software that can be modified and redistributed by anyone, CentOS is built using the original RHEL source rpm packages, they just replace some bits (mainly artwork) copyrighted by Red Hat Inc.

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