I am running 13.10 and installed GNOME 3.10 with the gnome3-next ppa from Team GNOME, as explained in an article on Webupd8.

How can I get back to Unity?

I did a ppa purge and now sort of have Unity back, but still have the GNOME boot screen, the font, the close button for windows on the right side. Also if I minimize an application, Xorg and the application have around 100% CPU usage.


I also tried sudo apt-get install unity and sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, but it's already up to date.

I have my home folder backed up with Déjà Dup, but I would like to avoid reinstalling and reconfiguring my whole system.

  • My understanding is that you got unity but on login it's still gnome session by default. You see foot icon ( like upper right) on login screen? Click there and see what choice is there. Also try dpkg-reconfigure lightdm and choose lightdm as default desktop. Cheers. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Oct 7 '14 at 5:31
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    as mentioned, the problem is solved, i ended up re-installing the system. thank you though! – vaioonbuntu Oct 7 '14 at 9:33

Since you have already used ppa purge you could now:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop

or this with an added --reinstall:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity unity-common unity-services unity-lens-* unity-scope-* unity-webapps-* gnome-control-center-unity hud libunity-core-6* libunity-misc4 libunity-webapps* appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt* overlay-scrollbar* activity-log-manager-control-center firefox-globalmenu thunderbird-globalmenu libufe-xidgetter0 xul-ext-unity xul-ext-webaccounts webaccounts-extension-common xul-ext-websites-integration nautilus nautilus-sendto nautilus-sendto-empathy nautilus-share activity-log-manager-common python-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub
  • didn't solve it, i did reinstall it. thank you! – vaioonbuntu Jan 1 '14 at 4:43

solved by re-installation.

(blah blah blah)



sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop unity

then remove what you have installed before by -

sudo add-apt-repository--remove ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-get purge gnome-shell
sudo apt-get purge gnome-documents gnome-contacts epiphany-browser gnome-boxes gnome-shell-extensions gnome-tweak-tool bijiben gnome-clocks
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo reboot

hope it helped you.

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    didn't solve it, i did reinstall it. thank you! – vaioonbuntu Jan 1 '14 at 4:45

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