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IMHO, Unity is just as productive and functional as Gnome Shell, and since for me, Gnome Shell looks a lot more stylish, I would like to replace Unity in Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Shell.

EDIT: Without a further thought, I opened the Ubuntu Software Center > searched "Gnome Shell" and installed it. And since I use auto-login, Ubuntu logs-me-into Unity.

To prevent that...

  • I want to uninstall Unity completely. How do I do that?

  • After doing the above, Gnome Shell loads by default right?

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if you are using autologin and you want to autologin to gnome-shell then use this question to guide you:… – fossfreedom Nov 22 '11 at 14:52
@fossfreedom Instead of doing that, I would love to uninstall Unity completely. Any idea how I can do that? – user33877 Nov 22 '11 at 14:56
yep - covered by this question and answer: – fossfreedom Nov 22 '11 at 15:01
possible duplicate of How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME? – Jorge Castro Nov 22 '11 at 16:40
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Log out.

Then, in the lightdm greeter click on the gear symbol and click on "Gnome". This will load the gnome-shell desktop.

To set gnome-shell as default, open a terminal and type

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -s gnome-shell
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I know that. The thing is, I want Gnome set as default. How do I do that? – user33877 Nov 22 '11 at 14:48
edited post and added info. – severin Nov 22 '11 at 14:58
One last thing. Can you plz tell me how to uninstall Unity completely? (I edited my question to reflect the same) Thanks a lot by the way. – user33877 Nov 22 '11 at 15:01
@BadLearner Removing Unity completely is a horrible idea - the site is covered in stories as to why this is a bad idea. If you'd join me in the chatroom (link), I'd be happy to explain why in further detail. – James Nov 22 '11 at 15:05
follow these instructions. I wouldn't recommend it though. Unity doesn't take much space on your disk, and unity has it's good points like the global-menu and the dash. – severin Nov 22 '11 at 15:09

It's been done. See this distro here: I'm using it and it works great! Still I'm curious and a little worried about the ominous warnings mentioned above related to using Gnome 3 without Unity. Hence I think I will install vanilla 12.04 LTS instead and add the Gnome 3 shell.

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