How can I install Gnome Desktop on Ubuntu 15.04 with unity? Don't want to make a new clean install-- Any idea? Can't find any information about it!


Log out and open a terminal on TTY1 Ctrl+Alt+F1 and run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop
sudo service gdm restart

As @Exocom said, the following step is not necessary.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

Then choose the desktop you want and you can log in again.

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    As far as I can see it, step 2) and 3) are not necessary. You will be asked to choose your display manager on step 1) and after logging out gdm will be started automatically.
    – Exocom
    Jun 1 '15 at 15:32
  • @Exocom Thx, I will add your comment.
    – A.B.
    Jun 1 '15 at 15:34
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    The gdm restart is necessary after all, sorry about the wrong information in the comment before. I corrected the answer accordingly (and tried it a few times this time ;-))!
    – Exocom
    Jun 2 '15 at 6:43
  • What if I do it in terminal without logging out. Any cons? Jul 31 '15 at 13:56
  • Thanks @A.B. but on 15.10 if you see black screen on login then you can switch back to lightdm. See this: askubuntu.com/questions/571252/… Dec 12 '15 at 23:42

Open a terminal and execute:

sudo apt-get install gnome

Choose "gdm" when asked.

In case not being asked execute :

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm  

To restart the system execute :

sudo reboot

Rebooting after installing a new DE is not necessary, however some say it is recommended.

Update :

To make up your own mind on this topic, read When is it necessary to reboot an Ubuntu system?

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    Why reboot?! That's not Windows.
    – A.B.
    Apr 27 '15 at 8:27
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    No, sudo service gdm restart.
    – A.B.
    Apr 27 '15 at 8:38
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    Where is this written?
    – A.B.
    Apr 27 '15 at 8:48
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    ubuntu 15 has its own set of issues, ubuntu is going the windows way and not working of the box for basic stuff like wifi... so stop getting annoyed at reboot..
    – Siddharth
    Aug 16 '15 at 7:08

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