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How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME 3?

Can I have Gnome-shell and Unity available in ubuntu? I mean can I switch between Gnome-shell and unity at the login session?

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    Not sure what you're asking here. This may be due to terminology mixup. Gnome3 is the default Desktop Environment in 11.10 - Unity will be the default Shell. If you're asking if you can use Gnome Shell and Unity on the same installation then please update your question. Oct 12, 2011 at 13:10
  • It seems like he/she is asking if it is possible to use GNOME Classic, or GNOME Shell - but is rather hard to tell.
    – RolandiXor
    Oct 12, 2011 at 15:36
  • Its Gnome Shell since what most people call Gnome Classic is the 2.x versions of Gnome and what most call Gnome 3.x is the Gnome Shell Oct 12, 2011 at 17:04
  • I'm sorry about that confusing question.. I still confuse between gnome-shell and gnome 3.2.. Oct 13, 2011 at 11:21

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Short answer: YES but in Ubuntu 11.10 and up which will come in 1 or 2 days. It will come with unity and you can install via the Software Center the package gnome-shell (Which some wrongly call gnome3 or gnome3.2). After installing it just logout and you should see in the login both of them (unity and gnome-shell)


If you can wait a couple days, this will be a whole lot easier after you upgrade to 11.10. Just search for and install "gnome-shell" in the software centre.

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