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How to get Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

New users of Ubuntu 14.04 tend to search for solutions to shift window control panels to right or try to get away from Unity. Unity just doesn’t connect with some users (including me) and we crave for our good old classic Gnome.

Well, we can’t shift window control panels to right anymore (some tricks for older versions) as they have hard coded them to left side from now on. But, we can have our good old Gnome classic back. Follow this tutorial to install Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04.

Start your terminal via shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T. First, we will update Ubuntu and then we will install Gnome Classic Desktop.

ayushhgoyal@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get update
ayushhgoyal@linuxstall:$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Enter your password when prompted. A message will be displayed asking how much disk space will be used where you enter “y”.

Then..then nothing..you have installed Gnome Classic Desktop on your Ubuntu 14.04. To see it in action you need to logout.

Now, at the login screen if you click the Ubuntu button, you will be provided with the choice to select a desktop environment. Go on and choose Gnome Classic, key in your credentials and enjoy.

One thought on “How to get Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. MarkG

    Why do you have to sudo apt-get update before rolling back?

    Stupid as it sounds, if you are rolling back to a previous desk top then logically you would update after rolling back because of the difference in desk tops, you would likely need to update in anycase.

    For people like me on very limited data allowance who have to pay per MB of data we use, to waste 400MB on an update that will be discarded on changing the Desk top environment to then need an update of a similar size just does not justify the updfate prior to roll back.


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