According to the Wikipedia page for Ubuntu, Ubuntu ran GNOME only until version 10.10, which is when Unity was released.

However, according to Sysinfo, my computer has GNOME.

I have Ubuntu 15.04.


Here a picture of unity desktop:

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and here a picture of gnome desktop:

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I think you will be able to recognise which of the two is your desktop.

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    Yup, I have Unity for sure. But damn does GNOME look good! Nov 12 '15 at 17:19
  • @SarahofGaia why does it look good? the only difference is the background! Jul 17 '17 at 1:32

Screenshot your desktop and we can tell you what version at-a-glance you're running.

If you're running plain old standard Ubuntu 15.04, then you'll have some GNOME components, but you're using Unity.

If you're running Ubuntu GNOME 15.04, then you're using the GNOME environment. This is a specialized variant, though, which has GNOME as the primary desktop environment and not Unity. (It's a different installer ISO as well)

  • When you say "screenshot your desktop", you mean the part with the wallpaper, right? (I feel so stupid right now, but I'm having a brain-fart. Yay.) Nov 12 '15 at 17:17
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    Correct, that's exactly what I meant.
    – Thomas Ward
    Nov 12 '15 at 17:35
  • Wootety-woot. In that case, yay, I have Unity. :) Thank you! ^_^ Nov 12 '15 at 18:17

Unless you have manually changed it, you should be running Unity. The only Gnome update which i read that will be applied is on the Software Center, removing the Unity one

  • I didn't manually change it, but I wasn't the one who installed it on this computer, either. My friend did it for me, and he just said Ubuntu with Unity, but Sysinfo confused me for the reason mentioned above. Nov 12 '15 at 17:19

Just look at your desktop. If you see a bar in the left side with some icons and your "close" and "maximize" buttons are in the left, you're running Unity. By default, Ubuntu comes with Unity, but there are tons of other Desktop Environments.

  • Yeah that's how it is. Nov 12 '15 at 17:18

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