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piriton
May 30th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Hi,

I am becoming frustrated with Unity and would like to install gnome-classic on 12.04.

I understand that GNOME Classic is sometimes called GNOME Fallback.

How can I do that ? Is there a .deb within the main repositories, that I can install with apt-get ?

traditionalist
May 30th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Hi,

I am becoming frustrated with Unity and would like to install gnome-classic on 12.04.

I understand that GNOME Classic is sometimes called GNOME Fallback.

How can I do that ? Is there a .deb within the main repositories, that I can install with apt-get ?

Ubuntu Software Centre;

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piriton
May 30th, 2012, 02:33 PM
Cool. What is the main package, which should be installed.



# apt-get install <gnome-something ? >

traditionalist
May 30th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Cool. What is the main package, which should be installed.



# apt-get install <gnome-something ? >


You can get it from the developer site as well;

https://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell

Cheesemill
May 30th, 2012, 02:35 PM
sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

For more info see this post:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1966370

piriton
May 30th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Works a charm and thanks for the link, very useful !

Rallg
May 30th, 2012, 04:08 PM
My first experience with Unity was frustration, but after awhile I like it better than gnome-classic. Here are some tips to help (since you'll still be able to log-in to unity, even afer installing gnome-classic):

1. If your Unity menu is too cluttered, you can use gnome-classic's System Tools - Preferences - Main Menu to add or remove many of the launchers. Note that some, such as the workspace switcher, seem to be non-removable from the unity launcher.

2. Consider making the unity launcher appear or disappear when you mouse-over the left edge of your screen. unity's System Settings - Appearance - behavior tab. Auto-Hide on, left edge (corner didn't work for me), try high sensitivity first. If the sensitivity is too low, then you have to really bonk the mouse to the edge (rapid approach, maybe even slide it along the edge) before the unity menu appears).

3. There is a PPA (private repository, not part of the Ubuntu distribution) that has a ClassicMenu Indicator application. Find it on the Internet. What it does is place a small icon in the top unity taskbar. Mouse over the icon, and a classic-like menu appears.

The reason I've begun to like unity is that I have a netbook. When configured to my taste, unity takes up less screen area than does gnome-classic.

ubuntu27
May 30th, 2012, 04:16 PM
To install Gnome Fallack or "gnome classic"


sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback (apt://gnome-session-fallback)


You can choose which session and desktop environment you want in the login screen.

Rallg
May 30th, 2012, 05:23 PM
After installing the fallback, you must log out (or reboot) then log back in, for it to take effect. When you get to Ubuntu's login screen, look just above at to the right of where you enter your user name and password. You'll see a little circular Ubuntu icon. Click it, and you'll get a menu of alternatives. The rest is self-explanatory.

If you do choose Gnome, then you can revert to Unity by the same method, the next time you log in. There may or may not be a way to do it dynamically while you are logged in; I wouldn't try it.

piriton
May 30th, 2012, 07:27 PM
In the end I gave up with GNOME Fallback and Unity and installed KDE (apt-get install kubuntu-desktop) and rebooted. I assume that kubuntu-desktop is the same as kde-plasma-desktop.

overcast
May 31st, 2012, 01:27 AM
You can also get appmenu (http://slashstack.com/297/how-to-install-gnome-classic-appmenu-indicator-on-unity) in unity, just in case that is the only thing you need in unity or miss about gnome classic.