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I installed the gnome desktop (not the shell) alongside the default Unity desktop but I decided to not use it as I prefer the Unity desktop. I want to uninstall gnome. I already tried the cd /usr/share/xsessions

ls
sudo rm gnome.desktop

But it didn't remove the themes, packages, etc. It just removed it from the session option you'll get when you try to log in.

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If GUI is troubling you, login through CLI(Ctrl+Alt+F1)

Check if "ppa-purge" package is installed or not.

Run

dpkg -l | grep ppa-purge

If it returns the value, "ppa-purge" is installed. If not, install it as follows;

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

After that run the following commands;

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo apt-get remove gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Reboot system and login through Unity.

  • When I ran the following commands: sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 I got this message "Could not find package list for ppa". – T. Yambao Aug 10 '15 at 14:55

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