I recently switched to Gnome 3 on my personal laptop. When Gnome 3 first launched, it was an utter train wreck. Completely unusable, poor design choices, and seemingly purposely-built to serve a non-existent straight-linux tablet market. While the tablet influences are still around, the project has moved towards its original roots.
While Gnome 3 still isn’t the perfect being that Gnome 2 (now MATE) was, the tweak tool being part of the default install and the extension library are helping make up for the shortcomings. One thing I really wanted to do is add custom startup applications to my session, this is accomplished via the tweak tool for now, since there is no UI for session management (yes, really).
this great article
on how to do this, it involves creating a
app.desktop file that can
be seen by the tweak tool. This means that for every command line
startup utility you want run on gnome session start, it needs a
.desktop file. Ridiculous, but it works.
In case the site ever disappears, I’ve paraphrased the content below:
app.desktop file in
~/.config/autostart, if this
directory doesn’t exist, create it.
Here’s the basic content of a
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Exec=/usr/bin/xflux -z 12345 Hidden=false X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true Name[en_US]=xflux Name=xflux Comment[en_US]=Screen color temperature changer Comment=Screen color temperature changer
Then head over to the Gnome Tweak Tool and go to the Startup
Applications tab. From there, you can select the program for the
app.desktop file you just made. Repeat as necessary.