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Fallback Mode (Classic Session) To Be Dropped From GNOME 3.8

The fallback mode, also known as the classic GNOME session, will no longer be included starting with GNOME 3.8, the next stable GNOME release. Users running computers without graphical acceleration can use GNOME Shell through llvmpipe, which is already supported for some releases.I’m writing to inform you that the release team discussed [“Drop or Fix Fallback Mode”] yesterday. We’ve come to the conclusion that we can’t maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it.The GNOME 3.8 features page mentions some of the reasons behind the decision to drop the fallback mode of which, the most important one seems that “it’s in maintenance mode”, without no new features or active development for a long time. Other reasons include:nearly nobody actively tests itthe presence of fallback mode is having a negative impact on the quality of the primary GNOME 3 user experienceseveral apps such as Totem or Cheese now require Clutter and can’t work without GL. Thus they won’t work in fallback modesome changes in the architecture require additional work to keep things somewhat working in fallback, even though they won’t offer the full experienceDropping the follback mode doesn’t just mean there will be no more classic GNOME

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