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I have followed instructions to set the gnome classic as default desktop permanently here: How to make gnome classic the default desktop using command line tools?

But every time I reboot the ubuntu desktop comes up and the file is changed back.

How do I set the classic gnome desktop permanently?

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You're aware that 11.10 uses Gnome 3 right?, and that you'll have TONS of conflicts should you want to use Gnome 2. – Uri Herrera Oct 23 '11 at 18:56
possible duplicate -> – hhlp Oct 23 '11 at 18:59
It's supposed to remember your last session every time you login, is it not doing that for you? – Jorge Castro Oct 23 '11 at 19:26
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Do you use Oneiric (Ubuntu 11.10) with autologin on lightdm? It seems similar to which just got fixed in a proposed update to Oneiric, if that's the issue the fix should reach stable updates in the next week.

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