Here's a thread you may want to read :
What I did was install apt-get for RedHat 9 and install the RPM's that
Gnome 2.4 apt-repository (should be all one line)
~matt/downloads/apt redhat-9-i386 gnome
Here's my experience. After I ran "apt-get update" and "apt-get upgrade"
it installed the new Gnome 2.4 packages using rpm -Uhv.
The biggest problems I found were with the new mozilla, galeon and
versions of Evolution 1.4 don't run on Gnome 2.4. The workaround is to run
as root (don't ask me why but it seems to work) which is of course not
reccommended or the other workaround is to downgrade to evolution 1.2
which personally I think suckls so badly that it's not an option. Galeon
refuses to run with the new mozilla so I had to remove both and go back to
the RedHat versions of both.
The thing I hate about the new Gnome is that instead of using a hidden
folder for the contents of your desktop, not your home folder holds the
contents of the desktop! So if you have a bunch of stuff, folders etc in
your home directory, they're now plastered oll over your desktop. I like a
clean desktop with as few icons as pollible. The morre icons, the less
usable the desktop is in my opinion. It would be ok if there was an easily
obvious setting to use some other folder as the container for desktop
objects, but there was none that I could find.
There's some coolness, like now the "system proxy" actually works so you
can set the proxy and all the panel goodies like the Gnome weather
forecase and stock ticker etc will work behind a corporate firewall, where
they wouldn't before.
Otherwise, I think in my opinion that even though it was "released" (to
keep to the schedule???), it shouldn't have been. There needs to be a lot
more usability testing before the new bersion is ready for public
consumption in my opinion. Either that or there's something wrong with the
packages in the apr repository I used.
Bottom line for me is that I'll wait till "up2date" says they're available
for RedHat 9 or there's a new distribution that includes them because then
I'll know that more usability testing has been done.