I just completed an upgrade to Ocelot from Natty. I can't tolerate the Unity interface, so I'm attempting to run the classic shell.
I followed the instructions on this thread. However running the gnome-tweak-tool and disabling the "filemanager handles desktop" option yields only a blank screen. I still have no panels, only now I see neither the Nautilus menubar nor the desktop icons.
After selecting GNOME classic session and logging in, I see no panels whatsoever. Nautilus has loaded a file-menu bar where my top panel should instead be. Right-clicking (or alt+right click) on this menu has no response, so I'm unable to add new panels.
I've tried various things, such as purging and reinstalling gnome packages. I've deleted user setting folders such as: ~/.gconf ~/.gnome ~/.gnome2 ~/.metacity These have had no effect.