How can UNITY be replaced by Gnome Classic on U 11.10?

Asked by bsalem on 2012-12-19

Please direct me to a FAQ if one is readily available.

I just upgraded to U 11.10 and hopefully will upgrade to U 12.04 or U 12.10 within the next three months.

The login menu only lets me get variants of UNITY. Now I understand why UNITY is being pursued, but it is klunky for desktop use.
If I am going to stay with Ubuntu, I'd like what has been called Gnome Classic to remain an option. Is there a way to get Gnome
Classic functionality, menus without the UNITY bar, back? I had it on U 11.04 but that was out of support. I got quality help to upgrade my system to U 11.10 and I will probably need to upgrade to U 12.04 soon (LTS?), but I.d also like to cast my vote, agitate possibly, for support of Gnome Classic or similar functionality.

Please be aware that I am not opposed to the idea or even the necessity of UNITY, especially for tablets, smart phones, or laptops, just that IMHO it doesn't serve desktop users very well. I have tested UNITY on another system running U 12.04 and also on a live DVD U 12.10. I just prefer having menus instead of the UNITY bar and Dash on a desktop. This sentiment must be expressed to Gnome developers as the next release will emphasize gestures and small displays more.

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Just install gnome-panel, log off and log in to the new session. Alternatively (and much smarter) is switch to Xubuntu or Kubuntu and Unity isn't even installed. Unity is NOT mandatory to use Ubuntu. You can use your favourite Gnome apps in any desktop...

bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #2

Do you mean Gnome Shell?

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM, actionparsnip <
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> Your question #217211 on apt in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/217211
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> Just install gnome-panel, log off and log in to the new session.
> Alternatively (and much smarter) is switch to Xubuntu or Kubuntu and
> Unity isn't even installed. Unity is NOT mandatory to use Ubuntu. You
> can use your favourite Gnome apps in any desktop...
>
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bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #3

Again, do you mean Gnome Shell and not Gnome Panel?

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM, bsalem <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #217211 on apt in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/217211
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> You are still having a problem:
> Do you mean Gnome Shell?
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM, actionparsnip <
> <email address hidden>> wrote:
>
> > Your question #217211 on apt in Ubuntu changed:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/217211
> >
> > Status: Open => Answered
> >
> > actionparsnip proposed the following answer:
> > Just install gnome-panel, log off and log in to the new session.
> > Alternatively (and much smarter) is switch to Xubuntu or Kubuntu and
> > Unity isn't even installed. Unity is NOT mandatory to use Ubuntu. You
> > can use your favourite Gnome apps in any desktop...
> >
> > --
> > If this answers your question, please go to the following page to let us
> > know that it is solved:
> >
> >
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/217211/+confirm?answer_id=0
> >
> > If you still need help, you can reply to this email or go to the
> > following page to enter your feedback:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+question/217211
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bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #4

If I install gnpme-shell, can I run it as a separate login option from the menu, and keep the UNITY logins as a failback?

N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #5

Open a terminal and give this command

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

IS NOT NECESSARY to install all the packages of gnome-shell if you want to use only the classic mode.

Then just logout and login from the "gnome-classic" or "gnome-classic(no effects)" .

See the pictures below

http://imagebin.ubuntu-gr.org/1349958556.png
http://imagebin.ubuntu-gr.org/1349958632.png

Thanks

If you like gnome-shell, use it. If you like the 2 panel desktop, I recommend XFCE instead.

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #7

Unity is Gnome but a very different user interface than the old 10.04 one. If you want to get back to a user interface more like that then open a terminal by pressing CTRL, ALT and T together and enter the command Nick gave i.e.

-----------------------------------------------------------
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
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Logout and back in again selecting "gnome-classic" or "gnome-classic(no effects)" ; Job done.

When you do upgrade you may want to consider Xubuntu instead of Ubuntu it has a more similar user interface: Ubuntu comes with Unity be default.

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #8

Note: This does not get rid of Unity you can reselect it any time you want from the login screen.

bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #9

Thanks to all, for the consistent answers. I am running U 11.10. It looks
like at that rev. the Gnome Classic was not a login menu option. For Gnome
it looked like the only choices I had was Unity and Unty 2D. I am guessing
that the option for me is to install the failback package indicated above,
and then I should get the Gnome Classic option in the menu, or something
close to it.I also have the option of using KDE, which I have tried, but I
am also giving Unity a fair trial. BTW, what is the chance that something
like Gnome Classic will be supported in Ubuntu for the future releases?

Should I consider installing the full gnome shell? If I want to experiment
and see what it can do, but will I still have the
means to go back to one of the other window managers?

 I have to upgrade my install to 12.04 within three months and to 12.10
within nine months to stay under support. Of Course, I've said before, that
is a rat race and every effort should be made to have a longer support
cycle even if that means backporting packages.

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM, marcobra (Marco Braida) <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #217211 on unity in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+question/217211
>
> Project: apt in Ubuntu => unity in Ubuntu
>
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> You received this question notification because you asked the question.
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bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #10

The install of failback worked and I have the old familiar look, I saw
gnoe-panel in the install, ationparsnip, and so see its role in the
packages. Thanks all.

I could open another thread on the question about using full Gnome Shell vs
failback, at your pleasure, as the primary question in this thread has been
resolved.

On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM, bsalem <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> Your question #217211 on unity in Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+question/217211
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> You are still having a problem:
> Thanks to all, for the consistent answers. I am running U 11.10. It looks
> like at that rev. the Gnome Classic was not a login menu option. For Gnome
> it looked like the only choices I had was Unity and Unty 2D. I am guessing
> that the option for me is to install the failback package indicated above,
> and then I should get the Gnome Classic option in the menu, or something
> close to it.I also have the option of using KDE, which I have tried, but I
> am also giving Unity a fair trial. BTW, what is the chance that something
> like Gnome Classic will be supported in Ubuntu for the future releases?
>
> Should I consider installing the full gnome shell? If I want to experiment
> and see what it can do, but will I still have the
> means to go back to one of the other window managers?
>
> I have to upgrade my install to 12.04 within three months and to 12.10
> within nine months to stay under support. Of Course, I've said before, that
> is a rat race and every effort should be made to have a longer support
> cycle even if that means backporting packages.
>
>
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM, marcobra (Marco Braida) <
> <email address hidden>> wrote:
>
> > Your question #217211 on unity in Ubuntu changed:
> > https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+question/217211
> >
> > Project: apt in Ubuntu => unity in Ubuntu
> >
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> > You received this question notification because you asked the question.
> >
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you asked the question.
>

Best Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #11

Please mark this question solved to close it

bsalem (bruce-euphon) said : #12

This question has been answered, thanks.