I would like to replace Gnome 2 with Gnome 3, but I do not want to upgrade from Squeeze to Wheezy. How can I do that?
There are currently no plans to backport Gnome 3 to Squeeze. You can (though you shouldn't) install Gnome 3 from
This should get you Gnome 3 in a Squeeze-Wheezy hybrid. However, following the steps above is not recommended since mixing two releases is a Bad Thing. While it may work, it may also leave you with a broken system.
What are the reasons keeping you from upgrading from Squeeze to Wheezy? Fixing those reasons might be easier and safer than creating the above-mentioned Squeeze-Wheezy hybrid
You will need to install aptitude and tasksel before install gnome. I followed this page and it works on Debian Squeeze too. http://namhuy.net/1085/install-gui-on-debian-7-wheezy.html
Aptitude is an Ncurses based FrontEnd to Apt, the debian package manager.
Tasksel is a tool that installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated “task” onto your system.
Install gnome on debian