I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and want to have GNOME working instead of Unity, I simply typed to console:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell -y

Some required packages were installed and gdm was along them.

I made gdm be the default against lightdm.

However, when I log in I can't really pick GNOME as desktop enviroment at start login screen. There's Ubuntu and System Default.

Ubuntu actually is Unity and when I pick System Default it'll login but anything will be loaded but the wallpaper, not any superior or inferior bar, not any effects.

Just for the record, I tried with lightdm but it won't show any option for choosing a desktop enviroment.

How can I have GNOME (at least 3.10) working properly on my Ubuntu?

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    This sounds like perhaps there's a missing file in /usr/share/xsessions. Does the file /usr/share/xsessions/gnome.desktop exist? Also, check for /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome.desktop. If neither of these exists, perhaps you could try installing the gnome-session package. – Chuck R May 1 '14 at 16:31

It might help to install all of ubuntu GNOME:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

It will pull in gnome-session like Githlar suggested, and also all other things that may be needed for a smooth experience.

  • Yes, actually I installed gnome-session and got it to work. What happens if I install ubuntu-gnome-desktop now? – diegoaguilar May 1 '14 at 17:22

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