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How to revert to GNOME Classic?
Can a Gnome2 like interface be built upon the new Gnome3 code?

How do I make an Ubuntu 11.10 setup running XFCE, or maybe GNOME 3 classic mode look and behave exactly like the classic Ubuntu setup of Ubuntu 10.10?

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You just need to install Gnome Panel:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

It's a little different than the Gnome Panel of 10.10 but it looks like.

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How do I customize Gnome-panel? –  Jebeld17 Oct 26 '11 at 19:14

well, you may choose to install xubuntu: http://www.xubuntu.org/ or if you have ubuntu with unity already installed, you can install the xfce desktop by:

sudo apt-get install xfce4


you install gnome 3 by:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

When installed, you may choose it in the login screen (gnome classic is what you mean). Thats it.

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Word of warning - installing xubuntu-desktop over existing Ubuntu installation may break other environments. You can install xfce4 for a minimal XFCE desktop, to just try things out. Once you make up your mind, you can set desktop of your choice as default - see askubuntu.com/questions/62833/… –  jnv Oct 26 '11 at 19:03
Why would xubuntu-desktop break anything? There is a conflict between the notification system of ubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop, but that'll be pulled in with Xfce as well. –  Jo-Erlend Schinstad Oct 26 '11 at 19:28
jnv: Thx for your comment i have included your recommendation. –  Dominik Oct 26 '11 at 19:34

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