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Thread: [GUIDE] How to install Gnome on Ubuntu

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    Oct 2012
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    [GUIDE] How to install Gnome on Ubuntu

    This is an ALTERNATE version of the installation. If you want gnome easily, simply find it in the software center. This method may supply you with a newer version of gnome, however.

    This is a very simple guide for new users.
    Gnome is a desktop preferred by some over the default unity.
    Here is how to install it on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/13.04!

    Note: the reccomendations section is incomplete, if you have any good gnome addons please add them!

    Ubuntu 13.04-Get set up with Gnome
    Copyright (C) 2013 will1982. License: CC-BY-SA
    Revision 1, Aug 6 2013
    Written for Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10, and 13.04
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    First, open up a terminal window. In it, type, on different lines:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

    Reboot your computer.
    Now, on the login screen, click the little Ubuntu logo. Change it to "Gnome". Proceed to login.

    You now have a working gnome desktop! The rest of this guide is optional, but may help to enhance your experience.

    You can download extensions from the gnome website (

    Here are some I reccomend:
    Frippery: a more "classic" gnome experience. Combines the best of GNOME 2 and GNOME 3.
    Last edited by will1982; August 7th, 2013 at 02:57 AM.

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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: [GUIDE] How to install Gnome on Ubuntu

    Why not just use the version of Gnome3 that is in the default repos?
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  3. #3
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    Brisbane Australia

    Re: [GUIDE] How to install Gnome on Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by will1982 View Post
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
    Anybody installing gnome-shell should also really install gnome-tweak-tool as well. Tack gnome-tweak-tool to the above line.

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