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How to make gnome classic the default desktop on natty using command line?

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1) Edit your ~/.dmrc file

nano ~/.dmrc

It should look something like the example below. There may be several lines relating to keyboard layout, language, etc, but you can ignore those.


2) Replace gnome with whatever you want, in this case gnome-classic.

3) Save with Ctrl - O and then Ctrl - X to close.

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