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I really like the simple look of Debian's interface. What desktop environment is it? Is it easy to replicate?

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That screenshot is gnome 2 on Debian and although you can make Ubuntu look somewhat like gnome 2, you can not run gnome 2 on Ubuntu.

You might be interested in an alternate window manager such as xubuntu or lubuntu (or Fluxbox)

Xubuntu

Xubuntu

Lubuntu

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Debian 6 (squeeze) released in Oct '11 uses the older (more stable) GTK2 libraries and thus the Gnome 2 interface.

Ubuntu 11.10 and newer uses the GTk3 libraries - the older Gnome 2 interface is not directly available.

There are some similar questions and answers you could consider.

  1. Customise Gnome-Fallback to look something similar to the older Gnome2 interface - so called Gnome-Classic
  2. Look at the MATE Desktop which you could install as a desktop option in Ubuntu 11.10.
  3. Brand new, just out is the Cinnamon desktop (and unstable)
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There is also "How to Customize Gnome Classic Panel". askubuntu.com/questions/69576/… –  mikewhatever Jan 10 '12 at 7:17
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Debian uses gnome 2.x ubuntu has an option to log in gnome 2. Just install the package below http://packages.debian.org/sid/gnome-themes-standard

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It appears that package only supplies the standard GNOME themes, and at any rate it is usually better to install a package directly from Ubuntu's repositories using apt-get or the Software Center. –  WarriorIng64 Feb 24 '12 at 22:05
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