I would like to switch back to Xorg. Unfortunately, I do not see the button to switch the session as mentioned here: How do you switch from Wayland back to Xorg in Ubuntu 17.10?

login screen without desktop environment switcher gear icon (fresh install - ubuntu 17.10.1)

  • Just to clarify, it's not a button, but rather a drop-list on the Gnome login screen. You don't see anything there, and you're running 17.10?
    – richbl
    Jan 30, 2018 at 23:31
  • No, there is just the login button, but not the little gear next to it. sorry, dont know how to make a screenshot.
    – kerner1000
    Jan 31, 2018 at 9:23
  • Try taking a picture of the login screen and adding it to your question. It's peculiar that you don't have the option (via drop-list) for choosing a session type in a default installation of 17.10. BTW, you do need to choose a user before you see the session options.
    – richbl
    Jan 31, 2018 at 22:18

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I have the same "issue". Turns out that my system is not compatible for wayland, so xorg is used by default - therefore the wayland based desktop didn't even get installed which leads to not even having the option to switch.

I checked my running processes - I run on xorg.

see this question

  • So there's no solution? I'm trying to use the Gnome shell but don't see a gear icon either, and it appears that my system is also not compatible according to this answer.
    – Mitch
    Apr 18, 2018 at 6:23
  • Ah, never mind. I had to install gnome-shell, whereas omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/10/… just said I had to install gnome-session.
    – Mitch
    Apr 18, 2018 at 6:33

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