Recently I switched from Ubuntu 16.10 to Ubuntu 17.04. Reading this news, Ubuntu 18.04 To Ship with GNOME Desktop, Not Unity, I decided to switch to gnome.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome

At this point all works fine and can start the session using gnome without problems.

But when try to switch to gdm3 and reboot the system does not boot. Switching back to lightdm and the system start ok. Im misssing something?

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    The package to switch to gnome-shell under ubuntu should be ubuntu-gnome-desktop. During it's installation it let you choose whether install (and configure I guess) gdm3 or lightdm. Have you tried that?
    – clobrano
    Apr 20, 2017 at 6:54
  • Running into same problem. Get stuck on the screen that shows after you type in the Ubuntu boot password (for encrypted disk). If I press Ctrl-C, it advances to a larger screen (running in VirtualBox) that stays black. I did select gdm3 during installation. Apr 24, 2017 at 13:28

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Resolved with:

apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

the entire install line to switch from unity to gnome should be

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

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