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A question stemming from question Ubuntu 18.04 slow gnome after 2019 update: virus?: Is it possible to downgrade gnome-shell? I am advised to downgrade in Ubuntu 18.04 from gnome-shell version 3.28.3 (April 25 2019) to 3.28.1. Is there a safe recipe for this?

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The version string for gnome-shell 3.28.1 is 3.28.1-0ubuntu2 which is still available in repository/pool. To downgrade run,

sudo apt install gnome-shell-common=3.28.1-0ubuntu2 gnome-shell=3.28.1-0ubuntu2

These won't be automatically upgraded unless done explicitly.

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    Will that fly w/o deleting the installed one?
    – Rinzwind
    May 8 '19 at 8:21
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    @Rinzwind Yeah, just tested on a virtual machine that is fully updated. Output with warnings of being downgraded for your reference.
    – Kulfy
    May 8 '19 at 8:35
  • @Kulfy: thanks! But the downgrade did not repair my slowness-after-update problem. How do I go back to 3.28.3 and automatic upgrade?
    – Rob Rutten
    May 9 '19 at 11:50
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    @RobRutten You download deb from Ubuntu packages and install that using dpkg
    – Kulfy
    May 15 '19 at 12:13
  • more interestingly, how do I get all possible downgradable version numbers?
    – Polv
    May 12 at 13:24
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One should be careful that no packages are removed. The answer posted by Kulfy does not include gnome-shell-extension-prefs, so it ends up removing that as well as gnome-tweaks. The proper command in Ubuntu 20.04 is:

sudo apt install gnome-shell=3.36.1-5ubuntu1 gnome-shell-common=3.36.1-5ubuntu1 gnome-shell-extension-prefs=3.36.1-5ubuntu1
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