How to upgrade to GNOME 3 on Ubuntu

If you are using Unity and you want to go to the full experience of GNOME 3 Without installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix, you can try these 4 very simple steps that will allow you to install not only GNOME Shell but the ENTIRE GNOME desktop environment (with the default applications and settings).

Steps to follow

1.- Install the GNOME packages

You can install the "gnome-shell" package if you only want to use GNOME Shell, but if you want to install the full GNOME 3 desktop environment, which includes the applications that come by default with GNOME and the standard configurations, open a terminal and I wrote the following:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settings

When asked, select GDM as the display manager.

In case you already have GDM installed or you have selected the wrong option by mistake, you can enter the following command to correct it:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

It is also a recommended practice to remove the "ubuntu-settings" package, which is responsible for setting some default settings in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings

This last step will also uninstall the "ubuntu-desktop" package. Nothing serious should happen when doing it, so you can continue without problems.

Optional

2.- Install missing GNOME 3 packages

Although they are considered part of GNOME 3, GNOME Documents and Boxes are not installed by default with the ubuntu-gnome-desktop package. To install them, I opened a terminal and typed:

sudo apt-get install gnome-documents gnome-boxes

Note: Boxes are only available for 64bit due to a bug.

3.- Updating Nautilus, Totem, and other GNOME 3 packages to version 3.6.x

Some packages in the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories do not have the latest GNOME 3.6.x version. For that reason, it is necessary to install them through a PPA:

To add the PPA, I opened a terminal and typed:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa: gnome3-team / gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

The packages to be updated are: Aisleriot 3.6.0, Brasero 3.6.0, Nautilus 3.6.1 and Totem 3.6.0. The PPA also includes Transmission 0.7.1, Transmageddon 0.23, and Sound Juicer 3.5.0, in case you want to install them.

4.- Remove scroll bars from Ubuntu

Even with the above steps followed, GNOME will still use Ubuntu's scroll bars. In case you want to remove them, open a terminal and run the following command:

sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar *

Reboot and select "GNOME" in the login window.

Source: Webupd8


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  1.   Jerome Navarro said

    Of one. In my work they use Xubuntu (except me) and it really flies. Too bad Thunar does not come with support for tabs, it seems ridiculous to me (although there is a little lacking - or nothing, I think it's already out - for version 1.5.x that does incorporate them).

  2.   Jerome Navarro said

    Stamina MATE! I say it constructively. If you are new, install MATE and forget about it. If you're old, go back to gnome 2 and forget about it.

  3.   Miquel Mayol i Tur said

    Choose the one you like the most, me, I tried Mate, and XFCE and I opted for XFCE, Manjaro, Sabayon, Debian and some others also opted for XFCE by default or made XFCE versions that they did not have before.

    The bad thing is that if you want to have several GNOME3 and gnomeShell + Unity are incompatible, for now, they should, in my opinion, change the names of the common packages to be able to be installed at the same time on the same computer in the same installation.

  4.   Suso73 said

    The truth is that it seems like a fight ... what a sad thing, one is in a mess.

  5.   Jamin fernandez said

    or if not use XFCE 4.10 which is super good ... Xubuntu 12.10 is fast and does not consume resources

  6.   Jamin fernandez said

    That's right my brother ... Support for several windows has already been released and you can install Xubuntu 12.10 .. here is the info

    http://www.ubuntubuzz.com/2012/11/how-to-get-thunar-file-manager-with-tab.html