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    Red face Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    I think I installed the wrong version or something because when I started it everything looked like a weird tablet OS. I tried installing gnome 3 but I think it defaulted to the tablet version as well. I don't know whats wrong, can anyone please help? I can barely get anything since neither of my monitors are touch screen.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Nothing is wrong. You are experiencing the new look of Ubuntu. Please check out the slide shows on ubuntu.com

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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Seriously? Is there any way to go back to the old look? I can't seem to get any work done at all because everything is so different and awkward with a mouse and keyboard. Plus a bunch of basic functionality is missing like changing the default program for opening files, adding stuff to the panel, customization, etc.

    Please don't tell me the I'm going to have to back everything up in order to downgrade to the original version

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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Just select gnome-shell at the log-in screen.
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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRamallo View Post
    Plus a bunch of basic functionality is missing like changing the default program for opening files, adding stuff to the panel, customization, etc.
    Typing "default" in the unity launcher will give you the program you need to make the changes.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRamallo View Post
    Please don't tell me the I'm going to have to back everything up in order to downgrade to the original version
    http://www.webupd8.org/2011/08/insta...e-desktop.html
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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRamallo View Post
    I think I installed the wrong version or something because when I started it everything looked like a weird tablet OS. I tried installing gnome 3 but I think it defaulted to the tablet version as well. I don't know whats wrong, can anyone please help? I can barely get anything since neither of my monitors are touch screen.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, Thanks!
    Alex, Linux experiences change on quite a frequent basis. The constant trend in computing is toward more helpful, more attractive, less complicated user interfaces. This is why Gnome 2 was obsoleted - it is not attractive, not as "helpful" as the competition, and starting to get complicated like the Windows XP Networking control panel.

    Gnome's developers wrote Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's developers wrote Unity. These are both responses to the continuing trend in computing, with the added bonus that they scale well to different screen sizes and different input methods (keyboards, TV remotes, touchscreens).

    In short, Gnome 3 and Unity are the near-future of computing. In a year or so, after the initial adjustment pains, NOBODY will want to go back to Gnome 2 because it's simply not a very practical user interface for 2012 compared to Unity. Linux is continually changing and keeping up with the changes is part of being a Linux user. Even folks on Debian Stable will not avoid being dragged into the present day...
    Last edited by 3rdalbum; April 6th, 2012 at 04:16 AM.
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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    Alex, Linux experiences change on quite a frequent basis. The constant trend in computing is toward more helpful, more attractive, less complicated user interfaces. This is why Gnome 2 was obsoleted - it is not attractive, not as "helpful" as the competition, and starting to get complicated like the Windows XP Networking control panel.

    Gnome's developers wrote Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's developers wrote Unity. These are both responses to the continuing trend in computing, with the added bonus that they scale well to different screen sizes and different input methods (keyboards, TV remotes, touchscreens).

    In short, Gnome 3 and Unity are the near-future of computing. In a year or so, after the initial adjustment pains, NOBODY will want to go back to Gnome 2 because it's simply not a very practical user interface compared to Unity.
    Hahaha...this made me laugh. Its so practical that the OP thought he put on the tablet version and now cant get anything done.

    Alex: Try a Ubuntu spin off like Kubuntu or Xubuntu. Theyre probably a lot more familiar and easier to use.

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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Quote Originally Posted by whatthefunk View Post
    Hahaha...this made me laugh. Its so practical that the OP thought he put on the tablet version and now cant get anything done.
    How productive are you when you've just been given an entirely new user interface to use?
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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    I've been around a while. Things have sure changed since the 70s.

    I remember saying to myself "How the h*ll am I supposed to get anything done on this thing? Who came up with this silly "windows" idea? Microsoft? What? Aren't they the guys who write the compiler? What are they doing making another moronic operating system? MSDOS was bad enough. But I could use it. Now where's my terminal? That I could actually use! I'll never be able to do anything productive with this crap."

    As a bit of nostalgia, I have konsole set up with green text on a black background. Just feels right, somehow, as I look through my bifocals.

    Real men use Unix in the command line, anyway. Bunch of sissies is what everyone is these days!

    Anyway -- embrace the new. Going back the the "original" is a good way to be left in the dust and fossilize. I really, really don't like Unity. Really. But it's this year's model and I'm going to learn it. But i like KDE better, so I'll use it more.
    Last edited by QIII; April 6th, 2012 at 06:07 AM.

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    Re: Why does my computer look like a tablet?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    How productive are you when you've just been given an entirely new user interface to use?
    If the interface is intuitive, as it should be, Im alright.

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