I downloaded the Gnome Shell but I cannot get it to run. I am a newbee to Ubuntu and seriously dislike Unity. I want to run Gnome, as this looks like a desktop/GUI I would be comfortable with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. I am currently running 11.10.
Bring up a terminal (press control alt and t to do this) and type
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
Log out and click the little symbol where you type your password. Choose gnome classic and log back in. When you do this the trash can will be gone so get a terminal up and type
gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true