IMHO, Unity is just as productive and functional as Gnome Shell, and since for me, Gnome Shell looks a lot more stylish, I would like to replace Unity in Ubuntu 11.10 with Gnome Shell.

EDIT: Without a further thought, I opened the Ubuntu Software Center > searched "Gnome Shell" and installed it. And since I use auto-login, Ubuntu logs-me-into Unity.

To prevent that...

  • I want to uninstall Unity completely. How do I do that?

  • After doing the above, Gnome Shell loads by default right?


Log out.

Then, in the lightdm greeter click on the gear symbol and click on "Gnome". This will load the gnome-shell desktop.

To set gnome-shell as default, open a terminal and type

sudo /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm-set-defaults -s gnome-shell
  • I know that. The thing is, I want Gnome set as default. How do I do that? – user33877 Nov 22 '11 at 14:48
  • 1
    edited post and added info. – martin Nov 22 '11 at 14:58
  • One last thing. Can you plz tell me how to uninstall Unity completely? (I edited my question to reflect the same) Thanks a lot by the way. – user33877 Nov 22 '11 at 15:01
  • 1
    @BadLearner Removing Unity completely is a horrible idea - the site is covered in stories as to why this is a bad idea. If you'd join me in the chatroom (link), I'd be happy to explain why in further detail. – jrg Nov 22 '11 at 15:05
  • 1
    follow these instructions. I wouldn't recommend it though. Unity doesn't take much space on your disk, and unity has it's good points like the global-menu and the dash. – martin Nov 22 '11 at 15:09

It's been done. See this distro here: http://ubuntu-gs-remix.sourceforge.net/p/home/ I'm using it and it works great! Still I'm curious and a little worried about the ominous warnings mentioned above related to using Gnome 3 without Unity. Hence I think I will install vanilla 12.04 LTS instead and add the Gnome 3 shell.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy