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Nixarter
July 5th, 2012, 01:07 AM
I've had 11.10 and 11.04, but I can't get compiz to work correctly (keeps crashing, and I haven't been able to get it to work). I hate the unity interface. I want gnome.

So basically I want gnome and compiz. Other than that it doesn't really matter. Which release would you prefer?

I can get one and switch settings if you think that would be best. as long as there is an easy tutorial on how to do it lol. I just need recommendations on the base system

papibe
July 5th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Hi Nixarter.

10.04 is still around and supported until April 2013.

If you want a newer version, and don't mind a little extra work. I would recommend installing 12.04 and changing the interface to classic gnome.

Take a look at this articles to see how it looks:

GNOME Classic in Ubuntu 12.04: Itís Like Nothing Ever Changed (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/gnome-classic-in-ubuntu-12-04-its-like-nothing-ever-changed/).
How to easily install classic "traditional" sessions in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/gnome-classic-in-ubuntu-12-04-its-like-nothing-ever-changed/).


However, I would recommend taking this steps for a complete make over: 12.04 LTS / Precise Classic (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966370).

I hope it helps, and tell us how it goes.
Regards.

mastablasta
July 5th, 2012, 07:53 AM
So basically I want gnome and compiz. Other than that it doesn't really matter. Which release would you prefer?



Additioanlly you can try MATE

or use XFCE (since it has GTK+ libs and looks like old gnome)

afixane
July 5th, 2012, 11:43 AM
XFCE 4.8 or 4.10 + xcompmgr work flawlessly for me. Want to see a screenshot? ;)

xcompmgr is basically same with compiz, but xcompmgr is "lighter" and do not change your Window Manager.

Nixarter
July 19th, 2012, 06:59 AM
I've read up on some of that, and I think going back to gnome fallback or manually editing it won't give me compiz. :(

XFCE... Is that X window environment? I just want compiz and the same look and feel of my old 8.10 install :p

I think I'm going to try the last method papibe suggested. If I complete it and then I can't get compiz to work correctly, then I'll try something else.

And yes, I would very much like a screenshot :)

mastablasta
July 19th, 2012, 08:19 AM
XFCE... Is that X window environment? I just want compiz and the same look and feel of my old 8.10 install :p


they are all x window systems... at least until wayland comes out of beta.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X_Window_System


xfce uses same libraries as gnome but is put together with lighter applicaitons and in a way that consumes less resources. it is also a good alternative for those that seek look&feel of old gnome as it had numerous customizable abilities. this is how xubuntu looks like: http://xubuntu.org/screenshots/

to customize it you mostly right click on the thing you want to customize and then select settings/propperties. really easy to do it and fast.

as mentioned in the post above you can also get special effects found on compiz in XFCE.

ub07
July 19th, 2012, 08:56 AM
I like Xfce a lot, but the default theme and wallpapers just made me want to kill myself. So the first thing I did was brighten it up a little. It's a nice environment to get work done in. I don't know about Compiz, but the default configuration really has no special effects. Still for those of us who like to have a real menu, it is a good environment.

Nixarter
July 19th, 2012, 09:04 AM
Well, I have it up and running in gnome-fallback with compiz for now. It seems to be doing OK actually. There are still a few things that I haven't figured out yet, but they are minor. I'll try it out for a bit, and maybe do another install with XFCE and see which I prefer.

Thanks for the help!

hank22077
July 22nd, 2012, 04:14 AM
I've used Ubuntu 10.04 LTS for quite a while.
I installed 12.04LTS to dualboot. According to this: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/instal...d64/index.html (https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/amd64/index.html).
Haven't had ne problems; however, I'm still an Ubuntu newbie, so I was checking out derivatives, came across this thread and wondered if Xubuntu would be a better choice for my computer.
Any suggestion?

Thanks

hank22077
August 4th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Well, I did start running into problems...So, I tried Xubuntu, but didn't really like it; and, since this is a solved issue, I guess noone's following it to reply to my question anyway.
Think Ima look into Lubuntu.

Bufeu
August 4th, 2012, 08:15 PM
I've had 11.10 and 11.04, but I can't get compiz to work correctly (keeps crashing, and I haven't been able to get it to work). I hate the unity interface. I want gnome.

So basically I want gnome and compiz. Other than that it doesn't really matter. Which release would you prefer?

I can get one and switch settings if you think that would be best. as long as there is an easy tutorial on how to do it lol. I just need recommendations on the base system
Unity is GNOME (or more exactly, a shell to GNOME).