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    ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    I've just upgraded my Ubuntu from 10.04.3 LTS to Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    and I've encountered BIG problems and found out those 10 "top" features is pretty much all you can do http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/04/1...g-ubuntu-12-04

    WTF how do I open terminal
    WTF how do I even open synaptic

    how do I even open wine
    how do I open many stuff

    it's Basic more options in BIOS than here must I really format my PC cuz of this ?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!

    I WANT my old GNOME desktop BACK ;(


    EDIT:
    thread name:
    from BIG problem how to open normal stuff?



    SOLVED with this:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966370
    thank you very much
    Last edited by psihokiller4; September 16th, 2012 at 04:33 PM.
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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS BIG PROBLEM

    The leap from one to the other is massive different.
    I assume you are currently in Unity as the default desktop, however I forgot how to do anything in it as I abandoned it long ago.

    I think in Unity, the top-left, is the dash, and you just type what you want terminal, etc. If you want to attach it to the taskbar on the left, you just click-hold-move it over to the taskbar from the dash
    Last edited by micahpage; September 16th, 2012 at 02:47 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS BIG PROBLEM how to open normal stuff?

    yeah there's dash home but there's only

    old files I opened,
    text editor, help, Thunderbird mail, movie player, rhythmbox music player

    and that's all

    so how do I get rid of this to get to normal

    how did you got rid of Unity?
    19.9.2012 moved from noob distro to Fedora after 3 years
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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS BIG PROBLEM how to open normal stuff?

    there should be a textbox, where I typed in everything i wanted, which will pop up an icon for related items.

    There should also be tabs for categories, i think at the bottom or to the right of the dash screen, which will pop up icons of the related category.

    how did you got rid of Unity?
    I just installed numerous desktops and forced myself to learn them as opposed to Unity. KDE, Gnome 3 (gnome-session), etc.

    I still have Unity installed but I never go into it.


    so how do I get rid of this to get to normal
    I think by default it shows your previous programs you opened. There should be a textbox/category tabs though to open everything.
    Last edited by micahpage; September 16th, 2012 at 02:57 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    thank you very much at least I've got in to synaptic

    installing gnome desktop
    were searching for gnome 3 but couldn't find it as a test how it would be
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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    If you would like to get rid of unity desktop (IMO) is to switch to another *buntu, such as Xubuntu or Lubuntu. They look the same as old gnome 2.

    I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A QUANTAL QUETZAL IS...BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE PRETZEL AND I LIKE PRETZEL

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    were searching for gnome 3 but couldn't find it as a test how it would be
    gnome 3 is called gnome-session

    Code:
    metulburr@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-cache search gnome-session
    [sudo] password for metulburr: 
    gnome-session - GNOME Session Manager - GNOME 3 session
    gnome-session-bin - GNOME Session Manager - Minimal runtime
    gnome-session-canberra - GNOME session log in and log out sound events
    gnome-session-common - GNOME Session Manager - common files
    gnome-session-fallback - GNOME Session Manager - GNOME fallback session
    metulburr@ubuntu:~$

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    also if you feel the need to use unity, you can tinker with it to appear more "normal" per se

    add right click "open in terminal"
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal
    change global menu bar (move menu bars back to the windows)
    Code:
    #get rid of global menu bars and put back in windows
    sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt
    restart
    
    #reverse and get global menu bar back
    sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt
    restart
    
    
    for firefox:
    Tools -> Add-Ons disable Global menu bar integration extension
    move min, max, close buttons to the right instead of left
    Code:
    gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout \
     --type string "menu:minimize,maximize,close"
    add taskbar launcher
    Code:
    home/metulburr/.local/share
    #create folder applications
    
    #name <filename>.desktop
    
    input in file: (example)
    '''
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Exec= java -jar SKMCLauncher.jar
    Name=SKMCLauncher Minecraft
    Icon=/home/metulburr/.minecraft/icon.png
    '''
    add right click desktop launcher
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    sudo apt-get install nautilus-scripts-manager
    gksu nautilus
    Now you need to go to==> usr/share/nautilus-scripts
    create a new documentcalled “create_launcher” (You can use any name) make it execuatable (You can do 	this right clik then premissions tab)
    Now you need to open this document and add the following line:
    gnome-desktop-item-edit --create-new ~/Desktop
    Open nautilus scripts manager then just put a check mark in the box that says active.(From dash board 	enter nautilus to open nautilus scripts manager)
    nautilus -q
    when restart should have scripts -> Create LAuncher
    missing title menu bars
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install metacity
    metacity --replace
    
    OR TRY:
    sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
    1) change values in GUI
    remove overlay scrollbar
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar
    reset unity
    Code:
    unity --reset
    Last edited by micahpage; September 16th, 2012 at 04:30 PM.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    Code:
    home/metulburr/.local/share
    #create folder applications
    
    #name <filename>.desktop
    
    input in file: (example)
    '''
    [Desktop Entry]
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Terminal=false
    Exec= java -jar SKMCLauncher.jar
    Name=SKMCLauncher Minecraft
    Icon=/home/metulburr/.minecraft/icon.png
    '''
    did you mean creating a file:
    /home/username/.local/applications/.desktop

    ?
    19.9.2012 moved from noob distro to Fedora after 3 years
    thank you all in learning Linux expirience

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS how to get rid of unity desktop?

    If you really find the unity desktop too much to bear, you can change the DE to look at act very much like the old gnome 2 DE (gnome-classic) by following the various actions suggested in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966370 where many options to get something more like the DE you're used to are described.

    I am using gnome-classic on my 12.04 install on a desktop machine which is my main computer, though the 12.04 is just a test-bed of 12.04, not my main OS. It does, however, work very well once you get used to the very few differences and omissions, so read that thread well and give it a try; you may like it.
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