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I am using Ubuntu 11.10, and I have GNOME and KDE desktop environments installed on it. While I am using Unity, I am able to see the shutdown option and able to shutdown the system by clicking that option. But I am unable to find such an option if I am logging in selecting GNOME. In GNOME I have options to log-out and suspend. But this is not what I want. Is there a way similar to that what we have in unity?

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11.10 has reached end of life and will no longer be supported. You need to upgrade. –  psusi Apr 8 '13 at 14:39
    
if you want to shutdown your system, sudo poweroff –  nickanor Apr 8 '13 at 14:40
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Hold down Alt and the Suspend menu item will become Shut Down. You can also just tap the power button on your computer, and a shutdown dialog will appear.

Just so you know, Ubuntu 11.10 is no longer supported and 12.04 has a much-improved version of GNOME Shell - complete with a Shutdown item in the session menu. Upgrading could solve any confusion with this in the future.

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