I'm using ubuntu 12.04.

I tried

$ gnome-about –gnome-version
gnome-about: command not found

$ gnome-session --version
gnome-session 3.2.1

Why I need is because my desktop environment doesn't look like http://www.gnome.org/gnome-3/ though wikipedia states that the default gnome version on 12.04 is 3.4.1.

  • found out that gnome-about nor gnome-panel no longer works in Unity/GNOME3
    – John Eipe
    May 18, 2012 at 13:44
  • do i need to add ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 eventhough gnome-shell --version shows that i'm using 3.4.1?
    – John Eipe
    May 18, 2012 at 13:48

2 Answers 2



gnome-shell --version

in a terminal

  • 2
    but it doesn't look like in the gnome3 offical site
    – John Eipe
    May 18, 2012 at 13:46
  • 1
    It's normal: that screenshot shows one of the multiple customization for DE (themes, wallpapers, and so on).
    – jasmines
    May 18, 2012 at 13:48
  • actually it looks awesome. i liked it. Anyway idea of which theme they are using?
    – John Eipe
    May 18, 2012 at 13:49
  • Absolutely not... Each distribution using gnome3 (Fedora, Mint, Ubuntu, and so on) can count on different themes...
    – jasmines
    May 18, 2012 at 13:50
  • what would happen if i add ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 into sources?
    – John Eipe
    May 18, 2012 at 13:56

Your gnome version is 3.4.1 and is alright.

But you have to make sure at the time of logging in--that is, at the beginning of the session--that you select the "gnome" desktop environment among many. The other options may include:

  • GNOME Classic [which provides a "GNOME Fallback" session]
  • GNOME Classic (no effects) [which may provide an even lighter weight GNOME Fallback]
  • Ubuntu [which provides Unity]
  • Ubuntu 2D [which provides Unity 2D]

When you log in (when the machine boots up, or even now by closing all applications you can log out and again log in), there is a small round symbol on the right hand side of your user name on your log in dialog box. By clicking over it you can find a drop down list of options. Select GNOME.

  • although *Fallback might be active, even if something else was chosen, as the name "Fallback" indicates.
    – PythoNic
    Sep 1, 2014 at 16:07

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