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Im currently using Ubuntu 11.10 (on Mac on Virtual Box) and thinking of installing Gnome Shell because of its similarity with Mac interface.

If i install Gnome Shell will I need to reinstall printer, webcam drivers, etc.?

Also, will I be able to switch back and forth between Unity & Gnome Shell.

  • initially you received downvotes from people probably because your question could have been interpreted as subjective "how does it fair with". askubuntu.com/faq#dontask – hayd Mar 15 '12 at 13:30
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Gnome-Shell, Unity etc are just Desktop Shells.

Yes - you can flip between them. Most shells such as Unity and Gnome-Shell share many of their underlying components. Thus printing, webcams etc will work whatever shell you use - and no - you dont reinstall these drivers for each desktop shell.

Some useful info below.


  1. What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available?
  2. How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME?

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