I'm looking for the latest, stable version of Ubuntu that uses Gnome 2. As much as I understand, newest, stable version - 11.04 - is using Unity... and that's new desktop environment.

Is Unity a Desktop Environment? helped a lot.


Ubuntu 11.04 is the latest version that uses Gnome 2 (Although this isn't exactly what you want, as you actually are talking about gnome-panel, which 11.04 uses Unity), but this version is no longer supported.

Ubuntu 10.10 is the latest version that uses gnome-panel by default, but this version is no longer supported.

Ubuntu 10.04.2 is the latest LTS release that uses gnome-panel, which is supported until April 2013 (for the Desktop) and April 2015 (for the server)

  • 11.04 is EOL, so is 10.10. Only 10.04.2 is the latest supported release without Unity by default. – Thomas Ward Apr 4 '13 at 21:49

Ubuntu 11.04 does use Unity by default, but you can change back to Gnome 2/gnome-panel by choosing the Ubuntu Classic Session option in the login screen.

  • Is it possible to get Gnome 3 on it? Without additional installing maybe? – daGrevis Jul 12 '11 at 16:02
  • You can get Gnome 3 on 11.04, although it complete breaks Unity on 11.04 (since it's Gnome 3, not Gnome 2). See this askubuntu.com/questions/22946/… – tgm4883 Jul 12 '11 at 16:06
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    @daGrevis Please ask that as a seperate question :D – Amith KK Jul 12 '11 at 16:20

You can have the classic look by doing this:


Ubuntu 10.10 use gnome 2 standard in ubuntu 11.04 you can still switch to claccis.


you can have 12.04 with Gnome2, here my: enter image description here

here a little guide: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/03/gnome-classic-in-ubuntu-12-04-its-like-nothing-ever-changed

  • this is not an answer to the question – Tachyons Jun 29 '12 at 6:39
  • Wow wo no.. that's Gnome 3 Classic not Gnome 2 c'mon it says it in the article.. – Uri Herrera Jun 29 '12 at 6:49

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