I've recently updated and found that Unity shows on the gnome-classic/fallback desktop. Is this a new feature (which I doubt to be), or a bug? If it is a bug, tell me how to disable Unity because it interferes with the lower panel (i.e. I bring out Trash instead of showing the desktop when I try pressing the "Show desktop" button when the panel is not in focus).

I don't encounter this problem in gnome-classic (No effects).

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Screenshot of Unity and GNOME Classic running at the same time

  • Maybe check your start up Apps? looks to me like they are in the start up some how.
    – zeitue
    Apr 18, 2012 at 5:22
  • This looks more like Unity with a gnome2 panel than gnome fallback - How did you install gnome?
    – jplatte
    Apr 18, 2012 at 20:35
  • The only thing listed on my startup apps is wicd. And yeah it does look more like unity but it is gnome2. I wouldn't have a lower panel if I were not in a gnome2 environment. I installed gnome via software center. I think the packages were gnome-session-fallback and gnome-panel.
    – jerowin
    Apr 19, 2012 at 3:01
  • The bottom panel belongs to GNOME Classic, which is just a different shell for GNOME 3 meant to look similar to GNOME 2. I had this same thing happen once before to me while switching between sessions, but I don't know how to reproduce it or how to resolve it; the problem just went away on its own after a reboot for me. Apr 24, 2012 at 2:53
  • you are a genius. How can I do that ?
    – Suhaib
    Nov 23, 2012 at 16:57

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The difference between Gnome Classic and Gnome Classic (no effects) is that the former runs Compiz. It seems Compiz has a Unity plugin, which if enabled, will bring forth that panel and menubar that is annoying you. See this link I found on the Ubuntu forums. The poster there used CCSM to disable the plugin. I don't know if that's the best way (CCSM doesn't have a great reputation, to say the least). You can search this site for alternatives to using CCSM.

  • It's worth noting that starting in Ubuntu 12.04, it'll be more difficult to disable Unity from CCSM. This is meant to keep people from breaking their desktop inadvertently. Apr 24, 2012 at 3:30
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    Great find! My reading of what it says is that the checkbox has been moved so that people can't accidentally disable Unity while running Unity. Presumably the OP won't have an issue with this, since s/he's running Gnome Classic. Apr 24, 2012 at 3:39
  • For the benfit of those wondering if this will work, this has worked for the OP, although s/he has not checked the answer as "accepted". May 19, 2012 at 10:09

Maybe you have gnome-panel installed

You can uninstall gnome-panel to remove the gnome panel in the bottom!


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