Cannot install Gnome Desktop Environment on Precise Alpha

Asked by Alexander Bejarano on 2012-03-12


I am trying to install but I get an error. Both with command and GUI:

alexbh@alexbh-virtual-machine:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-environment Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 gnome-session : Breaks: unity-2d (< 5.4~) but 5.2.1-0ubuntu2 is to be installed
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.

Can someone help?..


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Why don't you just install the desktop OS, it will get you what you need and with no issue. If you wanted a deskop OS why have you installed something else?

Alexander Bejarano (alexbh) said : #2


Can you please clarify what you mean by "desktop OS"...
I would like to have Ubuntu with Gnome... one of the strenghts of linux systems is their modularity, which means that any GUI can be used regardless of the distribution.

Yes, if you grab the desktop install ISO and install it, you will get what you want:

I never mentioned about modularity or choice, that isn't a factor to your question so why you are mentioning it is anyones guess.

I'm just baffled why you are installing the OS in such a convoluted fashion. If you install the desktop ISO I gave, you will get what you need. Why is there even remotely a need to use the terminal....

Alexander Bejarano (alexbh) said : #4


I ll explain a bit more....
I downloaded the ISO file 12.04 beta1. I installed on a VM. I installed all I wanted (using terminal or software actually does not matter)... This version of Ubuntu comes with Unity which I personally dont like and now I want to have the Gnome GUI installed.
I tried to install it (promt and software center, both) and the result is showed above...

You can install gnome-session-fallback and get the session.


If there are dependancy issues in the current packages then you should report a bug to get it resolved.

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