I'm coming back to linux. When I was using it before it was old good looking familiar gnome time. I'm trying to get this great useful look back on my new system - ubuntu 15.10. I'm installed classic gnome, but it's still not this one gnome which I remember. I'm not able to edit panels (I tired all possible combination alt, ctrl, windows key and mouse clicking). I tried installation of indicator-applet-appmenu, -session and it doesn't help ether. Is there any way to come back to old great look? If that's not possible then which desktop environment is the best for me if I want have panel with active application (like in windows), and with shortcuts to applications/action (but not the big one like in unity) which I choose, and information about system utilization?

I read How to customize the gnome classic panel that where I found info about alt windows keys combination but it's not working in any of them


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You want the mate desktop, it is designed to emulate the old gnome 2 desktop, you can use these commands to add it to your current 15.10 install

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/ppa
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-mate-dev/utopic-mate
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment-core

Now log out and click the cog icon and choose mate

Alternitivly, there is an official mate based version of Ubuntu here

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    Jan 6, 2016 at 15:00
  • thx you very much :) that's exactly what I was looking for :)
    – joe33
    Jan 6, 2016 at 15:11
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  • Why did this get -1??? Downvoter please explain your self.
    – Mark Kirby
    Jan 6, 2016 at 15:58
  • @markkirby : To compensate the (IMHO) undeserved downvote : +1 from me for this good answer, which hopefully will be accepted by joe33, as he said that this is exactly what he was looking for ! :)
    – cl-netbox
    Jan 7, 2016 at 11:50

You can use Ubuntu MATE and make it look like old Gnome 2 setup you had back in Gnome 2 days.


  • ubuntu mate looks great. Is it possible to install this environment without new installation? I mean just install it on system with gnome classic, and switch environment during log in?
    – joe33
    Jan 6, 2016 at 14:37
  • Yeah you can add it via ppa launchpad.net/~ubuntu-mate-dev
    – motang
    Jan 8, 2016 at 22:44

Installing classic desktop open the terminal Ctl + Alt + T Type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
sudo apt-get upgrade

To install settings for old views accept all changes and logout. Select the ubuntu icon displayed on login and select classic view.

  • I already tried gnome-session-fallback and flashback but still I have uneditable panels and look quite different than old gnome
    – joe33
    Jan 6, 2016 at 14:36
  • This is the oldest gnome that new systems/kernels are know to support. If you want more customized look check here gnome-look.org
    – DnrDevil
    Jan 6, 2016 at 14:51

Correcting the previous post, follow the following commands, press Ctrl + Alt + T:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback
sudo apt-get upgrade

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