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Please advice how to properly install Gnome Flashback DE on Ubuntu 14.04 (that comes with Unity by default). I want keep all application that was preinstalled with Unity DE: LibreOffice Writer, Calc, Impress, etc. Should I only run:

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

Should I uninstall Unity first? Or after installation of Gnome Flashback? There is no need to have two Desktop Environment installed.

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Just install GNOME Flashback session and use it.

There is no need to uninstall Unity. For example GNOME Flashback in Ubuntu use unity-settings-deamon, so trying uninstall whole Unity might uninstall Flashback session too.

  • I think I should install gnome-panel, not the full gnome-session-flashback: is that corrrect? – minto Jul 29 '16 at 11:58
  • Depends on what you want... gnome-panel only will not be enough, you will not be able to select Flashback session in login screen. – muktupavels Jul 29 '16 at 14:08
  • I mean, gnome-panel is gnome-fallback, and only includes the metacity window manager and not Compiz, and therefore no Unity either. If I have default ubuntu-desktop package installed, then I have installed also Unity and Compiz packages, which the fallback session would be able to use. So if I install gnome-panel I should be able to get just the fallback session? – minto Jul 29 '16 at 20:05
  • gnome-panel package is not enough to get fallback session unless it depends on needed packages which it should not. gnome-panel just gives you panel, few applets and nothing more. Install gnome-session-flashback. – muktupavels Aug 16 '16 at 20:49

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