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EDIT: I'm running VMware 7.1 currently.

I'm having major issues getting GNOME3 working on Ubuntu 11.10. Using Synaptic, I've installed the following:

  • gnome-shell and it's dependencies
  • gnome-shell-extensions
  • gnome-tweak-tool
  • gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme

This is what my desktop looks like.

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I go to Applications -> Other -> Advanced Settings, select Shell Extensions from the list and the entire pane on the right is just blank. Clicking on Theme in the list populates the pane on the right, but next to "Shell theme" there is an exclamation mark where if you hover over it, it says "Could not list shell extensions".

I believe I'm missing a critical step in this process somehow, even though I've trolled around on the interwebz for the greater part of 4 hours trying to figure this thing out. Any help that you could offer would be appreciated. Thanks.

For the record I've created ~/.themes and placed a theme in there per the instructions listed at

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have a look of this ->… – hhlp Oct 22 '11 at 21:28
Can you add some hardware information to your question? If you don't see GNOME shell then likely you're missing hardware acceleration and need to install drivers – Jorge Castro Oct 22 '11 at 21:35
I can't edit the post directly because it won't let me save it without removing the image -_-. For hardware information, I'm running this in VMware 7.1. – Lester Peabody Oct 22 '11 at 21:45
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Gnome Shell requires that you have good hardware support from your VGA, and that you have good drivers. Your desktop is a fallback mode for hardware that can't handle Gnome Shell. If you want a modern desktop, you should probably give Unity 2D a chance. It's quite nice and works without 3D acceleration.

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