I've been using Ubuntu since 7.10 on a number of different computers. I'm currently using 13.10 on my home computer and 13.04 on my work computer. I prefer the Gnome 3 desktop experience and it's working great on my 13.04 computer. I recently switched to Gnome 3 from Unity back in 12.04 and have been upgrading with each official release. I did not upgrade my work computer due to a number of complications with Gnome 3 after upgrading to 13.10. I've tried the official Gnome PPA's and also completely purging Gnome and re-installing it (with and without PPA's, tried both ways). Still having issues.
That being said, I would like to switch to using a pure Ubuntu Gnome rather than Ubuntu with Gnome installed. I am hoping to avoid the conflicts I've been experiencing and wonder if there was a way to convert my existing Ubuntu install to be recognized as a Ubuntu Gnome install so that when I upgrade to 14.04 it will follow the full Ubuntu Gnome upgrade process rather than the regular Ubuntu process.
I realize I could "simply" (not really that simple) install Ubuntu Gnome on a freshly formatted computer, but I really would rather not have to go through that process if I can help it.
So, is it possible to modify my Ubuntu install in some way (PPA's, config files, something else?) to have it recognized as Ubuntu Gnome? Does anyone know?