INSTALLING / USING CLASSIC GNOME DESKTOP IN UBUNTU 11.10 ONEIRIC OCELOT

WRITTEN BY ANDREW @ http://www.webupd8.org/

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot will use Unity (with Compiz) as the main session and Unity 2D as a fallback mode for those computers which cannot run the Compiz-based Unity. GNOME Shell will be (well… is already) available in the Ubuntu 11.10 repositories and can easily be installed, but how about the classic GNOME desktop?
Well, you can use the classic GNOME desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, but it will be the GNOME 3 classic desktop and not the old GNOME 2. To use it, install “gnome-session-fallback” using Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic or use the command below:
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback


Then log out and select “GNOME Classic” at the LightDM login screen.

Once logged in, if you want to add some applets to the panel you must use ALT + right click instead of just right clicking it like it used to be in GNOME 2. Also, some of the old applets won’t work in the new classic GNOME.

Here is a screenshot on how the GNOME3 classic (fallback) mode currently looks like in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (using the default Ambiance theme):

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot classic GNOME desktop
EDIT:
To make Gnome Classic as default, use this command:
sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -s gnome-classic


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6 thoughts on “INSTALLING / USING CLASSIC GNOME DESKTOP IN UBUNTU 11.10 ONEIRIC OCELOT”

  1. OK, this is all fine.
    But how do you keep Ubuntu with Gnome fallback???
    Because after every reboot, Ubuntu will start in Unity again, and logging off and on again every time to get the Gnome classic look is too much of a drag.
    Is there a fix for this?

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