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?


sudo apt-get install gdm
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

And when PC asks which display to use, select "gdm".

Installing Ubuntu GNOME Applications: Type these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install gnome-weather gnome-music gnome-maps cheese gnome-documents

This should do the trick. This does not install GNOME on your desktop-it gives you the full Ubuntu GNOME Experience without installing a fresh OS.

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  • I have done this, but when upgrading it still goes through the default Ubuntu upgrade process (ex: 13.04 upgrade to 13.10) and it leaves me with conflicts between Unity settings and Gnome settings (and probably some other issues) after the upgrade. – mason81 Apr 15 '14 at 16:59
  • ERROR: Unable to locate package ubuntu-gnome-desktop – kamil Apr 15 '14 at 17:00
  • My bad. There, this should work now. – Mayukh Nair Apr 17 '14 at 1:47
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    @MayukhNair so are you saying that I would have the same conflicts if I had installed Ubuntu Gnome originally rather than vanilla Ubuntu? – mason81 Apr 17 '14 at 15:07
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    @MayukhNair -- yes, I had already run these commands previously and things were working find before I upgraded to 13.10. I ended up upgrading to 14.04 and I still have the same conflicts, so I'll probably be blowing everything away and just installing straight from a Ubuntu Gnome dvd. I've been upgrading this particular machine since 10.10, so I guess it's about time for a fresh install anyway. – mason81 Apr 23 '14 at 22:38

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