Just wondering if it is possible to install Gnome3 under Kubuntu 11.04?

  • Yes it is possible. – Uri Herrera Jul 8 '11 at 6:32
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    Yes, you can install any DE you like – sagarchalise Jul 8 '11 at 6:40


sudo apt-get install gnome3-session

If you want to know if a package is available, search Synaptic (or whatever package manager you want). For the definitive answer, search Apt.

$ apt-cache search --names-only gnome3
gnome3-session - The GNOME Session Manager - GNOME 3 session

screenshot of synaptic's quick search, and results


When you say Gnome 3, you probably mean Gnome Shell, right? Because those are different things. Gnome 3 includes Evolution, Nautilus, Epiphany, etc. Gnome Shell is just that.

But yes, you can install anything in any Ubuntu; you can install a desktop environment on Ubuntu Server, you can install all services on all desktop variants, and you can install all desktop environments in other desktop environments. Or you can just install parts of them. I sometimes use Xfce4 Panel in my Unity session, to add a bottom panel, for instance.

Just install http://apt.ubuntu.com/p/gnome-shell and then you can choose it when you log in.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

I'm not sure what dependencies gnome-shell installs, since I haven't tried this. Maybe

sudo apt-get install --no-recommends gnome-shell

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