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After considering all the risks of using GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 11.04, I installed GNOME 3 via PPA. Fortunately, my system is working fine after the installation, but following are three issues which I want to fix.

  • Evolution is still not updated to 3.0, thus it is using NotifyOSD to notify about new mails.
  • Empathy is updated to 3.0 but is not using modern GNOME 3 notification system.
  • Ubuntu still uses Old network manager instead of that of GNOME 3, thus, it is not integrated well with entire desktop.

Also, I wanted to know that how can I make Ubuntu 11.04 completely stock GNOME 3, including all the default applications that it is using.

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If you want a 100% stock GNOME3 desktop, then I guess it won't be possible right now on Ubuntu. You have 2 options:

1) Live with those minor issues for a few more months, then move to Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric where you'll have stock GNOME3 + Shell as an option.

2) Change to another distro such as Fedora until Oneiric is ready with its thing.

BTW, why is notify-osd coming up? In my case the GNOME shell notifications come with Evolutions. Are you sure the notifications are notify-osd ones? Do they come at the top right or bottom right?

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Ya, NotifyOSD is the one which manages Evolution's notifications, as I'm a fan of GNOME3's notification system, so I'm missing it with my "tweaked" system. About Fedora, well, I haven't used Fedora, and I wonder how it would be different from tweaking perspective, since all the experience about Linux that I have is only with Ubuntu. Can I try Arch with GNOME3? As I'm really eager to adopt GNOME 3, since Unity has disappointed me, so until Oneiric releases, I go for Arch. – Kushal May 6 '11 at 16:19

You can install Evolution 3.0 by two methods

  1. By converting fedora 15 evolution3.0 rpm packages using alien.
  2. By adding the debian experimental repository

    deb experimental main

As for the other two, its difficult to get as Ubuntu 11.04 is built on top of 2.32. I have not compiled Gnome3 from source. Perhaps you could try that and see if it gives better result.

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Why the -1? +1 from me to cancel the -1. – Michael Martin-Smucker Aug 24 '11 at 3:17

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