If you are like me, you prefer the Gnome interface as opposed to the dreadful Unity interface that was included in Ubuntu. Here are easy to follow instructions to add Gnome back to your installation and rid yourself of that frustration. Open a Terminal by pressing “CTRL+ALT+T” Then enter these commands as follows: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa Adds repository for Caffeine sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter Adds repository for Jupiter sudo apt-get update Updates Packages available sudo apt-get install gnome-shell Installs Gnome sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool Installs Gnome tools sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver Get your screensaver back sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra xscreensaver-data-extra Screensaver sudo ln -s /usr/bin/xscreensaver-command /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver-command Allows locking your screen. gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout \ –type string “menu:minimize,maximize,close” Moves Max,Min and Close buttons to the right sudo apt-get install caffeine python-glade2 Installs Caffeine – better streaming videos sudo apt-get install synaptic Installs Synaptic for managing packages sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar3-0.2-0 liboverlay-scrollbar-0.2-0 Get rid of the stupid overlay scrollbar sudo apt-get install jupiter Optional for those who want an app to watch their battery life sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback Ability to go to Gnome by choice sudo apt-get install imagemagick Optional for screenshots
I am not sure why they chose to get rid of Gnome, but like I stated, I can’t stand Unity. The good news is, with Ubuntu and other open source Operating Systems, if you don’t like it, you can change it.
Once you have run all of these commands in terminal, reboot your machine and at the login window, you will see choices of Unit and Gnome interfaces to use if you click on the Gear icon next to field where you enter your password.
I hope this has been informative and helps some of you who have struggled with getting used to Unity.