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Why has Gnome 3 reverted to classic (Gnome 2) look and feel?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 with gnome-classic instead of Unity. What I have is an "Applications, Places, ..." bar on the top and a taskbar on the bottom. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but that looks like a Gnome 2 interface to me. As far as I've seen on the gnome site, Gnome 3 looks quite a bit different (icon bar on the left, contact list on the bottom, etc).

So I figured I had somehow gotten Gnome 2. But a check says it's Gnome 3:

$ gnome-session --version
gnome-session 3.6.0

So which one is it? :)

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marked as duplicate by jokerdino, hhlp, Javier Rivera, fossfreedom Nov 28 '12 at 11:33

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You are using gnome-session-fallback (check using echo $DESKTOP_SESSION). You probably want gnome-shell. – jokerdino Nov 28 '12 at 8:34
Found the answer at:… – Stefan Monov Nov 28 '12 at 8:35
Could you add your answer as an answer to your question? I'm not sure if this should be closes as a dupe or not, but if you have an answer, it is always better to actually add it with some description of what you did :D – Nanne Nov 28 '12 at 9:05
3.6? I just installed a fresh new Debian 7.7 and all I got was! – aalaap Nov 21 '14 at 16:23
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You running gnome-fallback edition of GNOME 3 that looks like GNOME 2. It has all the GNOME 3 softwares without the interactive shell.

So, gnome-session --version says the correct version.

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