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How to revert to GNOME Classic?

How can I install GNOME2 desktop on Ubuntu 11.10? I really hate Unity desktop in Ubuntu 11.10! Unity desktop is absolutely terrible! What terrible design! The classification is absolutely terrible! I really want to install GNOME2 on Ubuntu 11.10. How can I do this?

  • I'm closing this since other similar "gnome 2" questions have been asked in the past and the above duplicate link is the response given. Thanks.
    – fossfreedom
    Apr 20, 2012 at 12:33
  • Gnome Classic != Gnome2
    – Calmarius
    Sep 17, 2012 at 9:20

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Go to software center and install the gnome package. Gnome package in ubuntu software center Then, when you log in, in the right above of your pasword box there's a icon of ubuntu. Click and select gnome(classic) and you log in in the classic gnome desktop.


AFAIK You Can't. GNOME2 is a dead project. But there are other options:

The gnome2 fork backed by linux-mint as well. I think they have finally found the way to install it side by side with gnome3.

Here is the installation instruction with much more about mate recent developments and features.

  • Gnome3 fallbak session

Much more info here How to revert to GNOME Classic Desktop?

Blog-Post about how it looks

Linux Mints own answer to unity/gnome-shell woes.

How do I install the Cinnamon Desktop?

Already known for its lightweightness, it has a plugin to run some gnome-applets and is not moving to gtk3 for next release. Although not the same but give similar interface.

Here are some more DE for ubuntu . See if some may fit your need What kinds of desktop environments and shells are available?

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