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I was wondering what truly "gnome fallback" means in ubuntu? I am using gnome classic, which is lovely, but I wanna install some new themes. Do these themes only work with gnome 3? Do I have to get gnome 3 and then get themes activated in the advanced settings?


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A desktop theme is broken into several components: window decorations, cursor theme, icon theme, GTK theme and the shell theme.

A shell theme doesn't do anything in a "Classic" environment as Gnome Shell isn't running, but you can still use the same window decoration and GTK theme settings.

I suggest you install gnome-tweak-tool and have a play around with the theme settings.

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