How do I use Gnome in Ubuntu 13.04? I tried the following from this site:

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

But it seems to be buggy, alt+tab doesn't even work and when I'm grabbing a particular window it grabs the one behind it instead. The gnome desktop feels faster on my machine and I find it easier to navigate with it, is there another way of using gnome in Ubuntu 13.04 aside from the method above? Thanks in advance!


If you want to use the GNOME3 desktop environment, install gnome-shell:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

For the old GNOME2 desktop, install gnome-panel:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

You can install both of them if you like, and choose at the logon screen.


In order to fix Alt+Tab, install Compiz configuration settings manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

then run ccsm and enabled the Aplication Switcher plugin:

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About the grabbing window issue, I've never saw that behavior.


You should first install gnome to your computer. To install; open terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T;

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-shell-extensions gnome-tweak-tool

and if you want completely install gnome, also use this command

sudo apt-get install gnome

There is also a nice guide on this side.

After installation completed, restart computer and select gnome mode at the login screen (by clicking the icon next to the username on login screen)

  • have you tried this one? is it bug free? – Wern Ancheta Jul 15 '13 at 13:34

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