in this quick guide, we learn How to Install GNOME 40 on Debian 11 Bullseye, If you’d like to use the latest version of the Gnome Shell desktop on Debian 11, you can, thanks to the “Debian Experimental” software repository. In this guide, we’ll walk you through all the steps to try out this new desktop.
GNOME Shell 40
GNOME Shell 40 Released on 24 March 2021, this version came as a game-changer for the Gnome world. A new concept of horizontal virtual desktop navigation added more fluids to navigate. The panel at the bottom as a dock looks very elegant.
Install GNOME 40 on Debian 11 Bullseye
Due to the upcoming release year of a stable Debian version, package maintainers can only upload their programs to the experimental repository, but once Debian 11 is released the Unstable and Testing repositories start receiving packages again.
First, open a terminal and then /etc/apt/sources.list in an editor:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
and then add the following line to the sources.list configuration file:
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian experimental main
This will enable the experimental repository. Use Ctrl+X and Y to save the updated file.
sudo apt update
to update the apt repositories and finally run:
sudo apt -t experimental install gnome-shell gnome-backgrounds gnome-applets gnome-control-center mutter gjs
to install GNOME 40 from the experimental repository.
Gnome 40 packages will finish up installing. When the process is complete, you’ll have to install the “gnome-session” package. This package is required to log in.
sudo apt -t experimental install gnome-session
Now reboot your computer. You should be greeted by your new GNOME 40 desktop on your Debian 11 Bullseyes system after the reboot.