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I have upgraded from Natty to Oneiric. I want to use Gnome shell 3 in Oneiric, and have installed it from the repository. When I login I see the old gnome 2.* style desktop. Is this the expected result? Shouldn't the interface be the same as gnome-shell. I am confused since different posts on the Internet are showing both interfaces.

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could you tell us which graphic card you have? it might be perfectly possible that gnome falls back to the classic desktop if you do not have a 3d acceleration graphic card. –  Dominik Oct 25 '11 at 22:28
    
I am using a 64 bit system with NVidia GeForce GT 540 graphics card. The proprietary nvidia drivers cannot be used, because then my GUI login gets stuck. So, I am currently using nvidia-current from the repositories. –  Swarnendu Biswas Oct 26 '11 at 14:25
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When you were asked to login, you clicked on the button that says you can choose

  • Gnome
  • Gnome Classic
  • Gnome Classic (No Effect)
  • Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 2D

you should chose Gnome.

what version did you chose ?

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I am using Gnome to login. –  Swarnendu Biswas Oct 26 '11 at 14:25
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Gnome Shell requires that you have a graphics accelerator and good drivers. What you're describing is Gnome Panel 3, which is provided as a fallback for Gnome Shell when it can't be used.

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I am using a 64 bit system with NVidia GeForce GT 540 graphics card. The proprietary nvidia drivers cannot be used, because then my GUI login gets stuck. So, I am currently using nvidia-current from the repositories. –  Swarnendu Biswas Oct 26 '11 at 14:26
    
Right. Then you can't use Gnome Shell, it seems. –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Oct 26 '11 at 14:34
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Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot uses Unity not GNOME Shell. If you want to use GNOME Shell, then install the gnome-shell package, this can be done with sudo apt-get install gnome-shell.

In the login manager (LightDM), which you see when you boot Ubuntu, you can click on the gear icon to chose which session to use when you login.

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I have installed gnome shell, and use the gear icon to choose the login environments. –  Swarnendu Biswas Oct 26 '11 at 14:27
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