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I am able to run sessions over an ssh connection but I rather use the "Ubuntu classic desktop (no effects)" version on Ubuntu 11.04 instead of the new Unity since I don't have 3d support on the laptop I'm using to display the graphical User Interface. How can I startup the older gnome-session without the 3d effects? I tried gnome-session but it seems to be the option with the 3d effects and I want a more stripped down session over my ssh session.

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What exactly are you trying to achieve? Invoke GNOME applications over ssh from another machine? – Adam Byrtek Mar 15 '11 at 21:58
I'm trying to invoke a full Gnome session so that I can use the Gnome menus and notifications on screen to invoke different applications. I want it to be the same as when I login to my desktop using the "Ubuntu classic desktop (no effects) without needing to be sitting at my desktop. – Andrew Stern Mar 16 '11 at 17:57
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From the command line the GNOME Classic Desktop is started with:

gnome-session --session=gnome-classic

Other session types are installed by default in /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/ and can also be opened with the gnome-session --session=SESSION command where SESSION is the name of the SESSION.session file stored.

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The correct path seems to be '/usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/' and I see the following in the directory: 2d-gnome.session classic-gnome.session gnome.session ubuntu.session – Andrew Stern Apr 6 '11 at 16:33
Thank you for pointing to the typo. Sorry. – Takkat Apr 6 '11 at 20:05
Note that the version 11.10 doesn't have the classic-gnome by default so you have to use 'ubuntu-2d' instead. – Andrew Stern Oct 14 '11 at 23:16
Note I found this to readd the classic gnome desktop:… – Andrew Stern Oct 14 '11 at 23:18

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