Friday, January 13, 2012

Switch from Unity to Gnome shell on your Ubuntu installation

If you are one of those, that just cannot cope with Unity, know that there is a good alternative (and i do not mean KDE). You can try Gnome 3 shell, which is fully supported in Ubuntu 11.10.

You can install it with the following command in Terminal:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Afterwards reboot your computer; you can use the following command:

sudo reboot

When your Ubuntu loads, just before you log in, click on the Maintenance icon next to your Login, and select Gnome. That will default the Gnome shell for your Ubuntu installation.

Enjoy & remember to use your Superpower button - the Windows key on your keyboard to bring up your Applications bar and Search !


  1. I installed ubuntu again today (thanks to your blog) but there is no drivers for my usb sound card so... I cant use linux :P

  2. I dual boot with unity. That would be a challenge...

  3. Interesting whens ubuntu 12 coming out?

  4. What i hate about the new ubuntu is that there is NO taskbar, all window switching has to be done with alt-tabbing.

    1. You can install normal gnome look :)