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    What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    Hi friends,

    In this screenshot:

    IMG_20130306_201647.jpg Sorry I don't know why is it rotated

    I can figure out all options, but what is GNOME Classic(No Effects)-second option, and how is it different with Ubuntu 2D?
    Last edited by c2tarun; March 7th, 2013 at 02:38 AM.

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    If you want to see the difference in gnome-classic, just install it to your current desktop and try it.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
    Or do you have it installed? Is that a pic of your login?

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    If you want to see the difference in gnome-classic, just install it to your current desktop and try it.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
    Or do you have it installed? Is that a pic of your login?
    Yeah that is the pic of my Login I was not able to find the difference between Gnome Classic (No Effects) and Ubuntu, i.e. Unity 3D. But there must be some difference right, otherwise why two different options?

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    No no... you got me wrong. There is obviously difference between Unity and Gnome classic. Ok, let me rephrase my question.

    From that menu in screen shot, what is difference between GNOME Classic, GNOME Classic (No effects) and Ubuntu.

    Try GNOME Classic (No Effects) once it looks just like Unity, with all the feature animations.

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    If you are curious what entry on the screenshot executes which command, try
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    egrep -i '^(name|exec)=' /usr/share/xsessions/*.desktop

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    Quote Originally Posted by schragge View Post
    If you are curious what entry on the screenshot executes which command, try
    Code:
    egrep -i '^(name|exec)=' /usr/share/xsessions/*.desktop
    I was looking for some operation difference.

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    Quote Originally Posted by c2tarun View Post
    I was looking for some operation difference.
    So basically you want to know how the different DE's differ from each other? Since you seem to have them all installed, you can see for yourself. Wouldn't that be the best solution?
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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    Basic differences are...
    Ubuntu uses the window manger compiz with the unity plugin(unity3d)
    GNOME Classic uses the window manger compiz with the unity plugin disabled and a gnome3 compatible version of gnome-panel
    GNOME Classic (No effects) uses the window manger metacity and a gnome3 compatible version of gnome-panel

    Unity2d has a similar look and feel to unity3d, but was written to use a slightly tweaked version of Metacity to run on gfx cards
    that don't meet the OpenGL requirements of compiz.
    Last edited by stinkeye; March 6th, 2013 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: What are the desktop Environments in screenshot attached

    May I try to guess what you are asking about?

    The Ubuntu option gives you the Unity user interface. It runs on graphic adapters that are capable of 3D effects. If a machine does not have a graphic adapter that can run Unity (3D) then it would get Ubuntu 2D = Unity 2D without special effects. This is true for Ubuntu 12.04 but from Ubuntu 12.10 onwards Ubuntu (Unity) 2D is no longer available. Another method of giving a Unity 3D experience is used for lower specified graphic adapters.

    Some people did not like the look of Unity. They use Gnome Classic which is how Ubuntu used to look up to about 2 years ago. Machines that had graphic adapters that could not display 3D (special) effects would run Gnome Classic (without effects).

    Openbox is a window manager that can be used on machines they do not a powerful graphic adapters and CPUs. Xfce is a desktop environment that can be run on machines that do not have powerful graphic adapters and CPUs.

    Ubuntu by default uses the Gnome Desktop Environment with the Unity user interface.
    Last edited by grahammechanical; March 6th, 2013 at 09:17 PM.
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