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How do I switch to the Classic GNOME Desktop?

So, I just upgraded to 11.04 (from 10.10), and really cannot stand the unity interface.

Is there any way to go back to the 10.10 style?


You could try logging into the "Ubuntu Classic" environment by selecting said option AFTER clicking your username on the login screen, but before logging in.

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  • No problem, I will add that as plans stand currently, this option will be REMOVED in Oneiric. The classic session is meant as a fallback for those without hardware compatibility for compiz and will be replaced by the less intensive Unity2D in Oneiric. Classic Gnome (that I know of) will no longer be available in the repos. – ShroudedCloud May 15 '11 at 6:08
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    @ShroudedCloud that is really a disappointment. – TM. May 15 '11 at 6:08
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    @ShroudedCloud: Careful there. As far as I know, the session is to be removed from the default CD, but that doesn't mean removing it from the repository. We normally don't remove things from the repository when they stop being available by default. – Colin Watson May 15 '11 at 7:40
  • @TM: But in case you miss classic GNOME, you might consider GNOME Shell (as it is more productive and customizable than Unity as of now) which will be in official repositories of Oneiric, as we love Ubuntu but I feel that Unity has terrible Usability issues that we just want to get rid of it in case it doesn't improve in the future versions. – Kushal May 15 '11 at 7:42
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    @ShroudedCloud, That's very bad news. @TM, besides, even if you opt out of Unity in Natty, there are frequent freezes of the UI and all you can do is press the power button. Looks like it's time to get out of Ubuntu altogether it seems. – Delete May 15 '11 at 7:45

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