I have now encountered my second problem incurred as a result of Gnome3‘s emergence in the wild. The first was Gnome Shell, and it resulted in me moving away from gnome as a desktop environment in a gradual manner, so as to ease the process. This time, long after not using gnome anymore, I was running updates with Linux Mint’s update manager when I noticed that it said Dropbox was going to be uninstalled.
I looked through the packages to be upgraded and saw no immediate reason for it, so I thought perhaps it had something to do with nautilus, as Dropbox is basically designed for use with nautilus on Linux. However, disabling the nautilus updates didn’t stop the removal notice. Upon a bit of investigation at the Linux Mint Debian Edition forums I found out that it was apparently a dependency related thing related to the move to gnome 3.
The short winded version of the rather long solution was, I removed as much of gnome’s remnants from my machine as possible. After about an hour of checking the individual packages for dependencies and updating those that were unrelated I found the offending ones and went ahead and removed them from my system entirely. Since I mostly use Openbox they’re completely unnecessary for functionality on my system.