I have ubuntu 20.04 with unity desktop. I removed the existing gnome shell and now when I search for settings I have two of them one is the system settings and the other is the gnome settings. How can I remove the gnome settings from ubuntu 20.04

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    try "sudo apt remove gnome-control-center"
    – Jeryosh
    Jun 7, 2020 at 10:06

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After you've install Unity Desktop and, logged into it, use:

sudo apt remove ubuntu-gnome-desktop
sudo apt remove gnome-shell

This works for for Ubuntu 16.04 to 20.04 and even 20.10 (Groovy). Source:

Although article is written for Ubuntu 16.04, you can verify the package is still around for 20.04 (called Focal) by visiting Package: ubuntu-gnome-desktop:

ubuntu-gnome-deskop package.png

Personally I use Unity all the time but like to keep both desktops installed. Occasionally I need to answer other users' questions about Gnome Desktop.

Note: ubuntu-gnome-desktop might not be installed

Because it is a transitional package since 18.04 these instructions from:

Tell you to simply use:

sudo apt remove gnome-shell

The article doesn't mention ubuntu-gnome-desktop needing to be removed. This article includes additional tips on setting up Unity Desktop.

  • Should probably also add a "sudo apt autoremove" to remove all automatically installed packages of these desktop environments? Only then, gnome-settings may be effectively removed.
    – vanadium
    Jun 7, 2020 at 15:47
  • @vanadium The link discusses that plus at lot more. I debated myself how much of the link to include. Perhaps you wouldn't mind visiting the link and giving me your thoughts on amount of details to include in my answer? Jun 7, 2020 at 15:55
  • Policy of this site is to include all relevant stuff, so the anwer is self containing. Anyway, the link probably is not anymore up to date: ubuntu-gnome-desktop currently is a transitional package that is not even installed by default.
    – vanadium
    Jun 7, 2020 at 16:16
  • @vanadium You are correct it has been transitional package since Ubuntu 18.04 and I've revised answer to reflect that. I appreciate your input. Jun 7, 2020 at 16:42

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