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    Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    I just installed Gnome 3 shell on Ubuntu 11.04 natty and everything seems to look fine except my windows decorations. May be something simple I'm missing. Please see screenshot:

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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    Gnome 3 is quite new and ubuntu 11.04 is still beta, You might have to wait unit the 28th of April and see if the final release fixes it. I haven't try either yet but I have installed Gnome 3 but haven't activated it you. I am on the road and I want to wait until I get home to do this. I am still running 10.10 and I want to see if it will work with this version.
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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    I was on 10.10 too, but from what I had read Gnome 3 seems to have better compatibility with 11.04 -- even though it's still in beta.

    It just seems that this is a relatively simple problem but I can find nowhere in Gnome a settings option for windows decorations.

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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadboy420 View Post
    I was on 10.10 too, but from what I had read Gnome 3 seems to have better compatibility with 11.04 -- even though it's still in beta.

    It just seems that this is a relatively simple problem but I can find nowhere in Gnome a settings option for windows decorations.
    Like I said I am not using it, but does it use compiz or Metacity? Also is there a way to pick different Themes?
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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    "GNOME shell uses Mutter, a compositing window manager based on the Metacity window manager, and the Clutter toolkit to provide visual effects and hardware acceleration."

    Also is there a way to pick different Themes?
    Not that I'm aware of. There is a tweak tool (Gnome3 Tweak Tool) but it doesn't touch windows decorations.

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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    UPDATE: I was able to figure out how to change window borders by:

    1) going to: http://gnome-shell.deviantart.com/gallery/29533997
    2) chosing a new theme
    3) download and copy the extracted theme folder into /home/*my username*/.themes/ (if there is no ".themes" folder, create one)
    4) then opening
    gconf-editor (Alt + F2)
    5) Navigating to desktop > gnome > shell > windows
    6) On the right side where theme value, enter name of the new theme folder
    7) Reboot

    Now, it's looking good! I think it may have been an error when upgrading to Gnome 3, I didn't successfully get the offical theme package or one of it's dependencies. I'm still looking into it.
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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    I finally completely fixed my Gnome 3 installation. I started browsing through the gnome 3 packages via Synaptic, and noticed that gnome-themes, gnome-theme-standard, and a few similar weren't installed. Hmmm I thought... can't hurt to try. So I installed every gnome-theme package i could find and.... voila!! The default Adwaita theme appeared just like it should've on the first boot.

    I don't know if this was just a fluke thing, not having those packages installed from the start, but I just thought I'd share in case anyone else is having similar problems with Gnome 3 on 11.04 not looking the way it should.

    *P.S. You may get an error about installing gnome-theme or gnome-theme-standard. If so, you may have to remove gnome-accessibility-theme first, or whichever package is causing the error. Then install gnome-theme-standard

    Cheers!
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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    The one that's supposed to fix this issue is gnome-themes-standard
    but I don't have it in my packages

    Any suggestions?

    Can you please check what repo you have it on?

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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    Quote Originally Posted by morgue View Post
    The one that's supposed to fix this issue is gnome-themes-standard
    but I don't have it in my packages

    Any suggestions?

    Can you please check what repo you have it on?
    Do a search for gnome-themes-extras. I am not sure what the PPA is.
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    Re: Gnome 3 windows decorations/windows management?

    Quote Originally Posted by irv View Post
    Do a search for gnome-themes-extras. I am not sure what the PPA is.
    I have this one installed. Still no Adwaita theme

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