I want to use version 12.04, but I want to COMPLETELY remove Unity
I have been an avid user of Ubuntu since I had Hardy Heron back in 2006. Later I switched to Lucid which was the first LTS OS and I has happy with that. The next LTS update was 12.04 and I finally managed to get my wife on board to use Linux as well.
Now enter the problem. Since I have been using the Ubuntu Studio variant of Ubuntu since Hardy, I have pretty much a different desktop...XFCE. While I was not too happy about that, the format pretty much stayed the same with having the taskbar on the bottom and the navigation system was like that of traditional Gnome.
Since my wife doesn't need the features of Ubuntu Studio, I set her up with standard 12.04. Immediately I knew something was amiss when I saw that flyout menu on the left side with symbols and not words and the taskbar was on the top (and couldn't be moved as such). Also everything was on opposite sides.
While both my wife and I 'tried' to get around Unity, we both agree that it is no good and wanted to do away with it. So I came here to the forums. As it turns out, there is a way to install the Gnome-Classic desktop which would restore most of the features of the older style Gnome desktop. However, we were still forced to have the taskbar on top. My wife did learn to use 12.04 this way and for the most part everything was fine.
Enter my twin 6 year old sons. They have grown interested in computers of late and sometimes we let them play games on the computer. However, they are button mashers and in the heat of an on-line game battle they have disturbed some kind of setting and now the awful Unity desktop is back. Worse, changing the login back to Gnome Classic is not working, the desktop keeps smiling back at me going 'ha ha, you still have me...Unity.'
Another thing that has been disturbed is the log-off. The computer will not shut down, nor restart, it goes back to the login screen. So now I am pissed off and I hard booted my wifes machine (shut off manually and restarted using the power button) and I put her back into Windows.
Now this is what I would like to do and in this order:
1) If there is a way to fix this and get my wife's CLASSIC gnome back, I would like step by step instructions to do so.
2) Next I would like to know a way to OBLITERATE Unity completely. That is right, I want it OFF her system and I don't want to have anything to do with it anymore. If this means manually removing 100 files using the terminal, so be it.
3) I would like to know how I can 'child proof' the computer. I intend to give my sons their own login and in that login I want to block all keyboard combos, shortcuts or anything that would disturb the settings of the machine. In other words they can push the control, alt, and shift keys (as most the games they play use these keys), but the computer will ignore combination presses, meaning that if normally pressing ALT+W switches a desktop function or feature of Ubuntu. I would like Ubuntu to ignore the combination.
Now if I can't obliterate Unity completely, I would like to know which version of Ubuntu still has the traditional Gnome desktop. If I revert to that version, will my wife still keep her settings?
Note to developers: I would appreciate it if you would still offer a choice in regards to the desktop that is preferred. I know there are many of us that do not like Unity and I for one, didn't appreciate it being jammed down my throat, when I upgraded to 12.04. The old Gnome envirnment was fine, there was nothing wrong with it. While I do appreciate that I can go back to an older desktop, I don't like the fact that a certain key combination can bring the offending Unity desktop environment back. I do hope that future versions of Ubuntu will at least give you a choice. Although I wouldn't mind if you went back to the traditional Gnome interface and offered Unity as the option.
Last edited by jukingeo; September 18th, 2013 at 01:50 AM.
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