View Full Version : [gnome] I want gnome back!

October 20th, 2011, 09:48 AM
I was working with gnome classic before the last version upgrade.
I upgraded to the new version and got only unity (gnome got uninstalled).
No problem. I re-installed gnome (sudo apt-get install gnome).
The classic version is missing one of the menus (administration) and not every thing is in place as it was and I lost all the customizing capabilities (I had made my own theme).
I then tried the new gnome (which is really pretty), but it is all flikery and the menus are have wrong characters.
I tried this:
but it seems to mess up the welcome screen and when I log out or restart it is just black and I can't log in.
Any way to re-establish gnome classic as it was with all the capabilities, or getting gnome 3 to work?

October 20th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Perhaps consider one of the other desktops? Xfce seems to have a lot of fans, and Lubuntu is coming along. I expect in 6 or 12 months Unity & Gnome 3 shell will both be more mature with more 3rd party add-ons. The trick is to maintain sanity 'til then:).

October 20th, 2011, 10:42 AM
Well, it seems Ill have to stick to unity for now

October 20th, 2011, 04:36 PM
You can learn more about the 'fallback' session here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GnomeClassic. It is possible to theme this session, but GTK3 has a new theme system.

P.S. Are you using the binary ATI driver (fglrx/catalyst)? If so, that is why GNOME Shell isn't working. The builtin radeon driver will run the Shell if it supports your GPU, but that's a tradeoff.

October 20th, 2011, 05:09 PM
t_ras - have you seen this thread? The OP describes a similar problem: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1865348

I recommend staying with Gnome 3 if you get it working properly. It is very nice, though like any change there may be an adjustment period to get used to the new layout.

I tried giving Unity the same shot, but it is just terrible. Not nearly as elegant in function as Gnome 3 and it doesn't look good.

October 20th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Thanks Musmanno. As I wrote, Gnome classic loaded (probably as fallback) but I lost the system menu and the customization capabilities.
I'd rather move to gnome 3, but it is not working properly (it is blickery and with clattered an pixelized fonts).
My GPU is radeon 5450. I tried the thread you pointed to, but it didnt work (probably because 5450 is not on the list of supported GPUs).
It is a bummer, I'm working with unity now, hopefully in a few months someone will come up with a solution.

October 21st, 2011, 08:31 AM
Offtopic posts removed.

This is a support thread - take the comments about unity to recurring discussion, plenty more of the same in there.

October 21st, 2011, 08:32 AM