Gnome 2 Classic Fallback Mode Ubuntu 11 10 - How to get it back

Da My-Lab.

It's there, it's there, it's not gone. Only, it's very hidden and mis-configured. Just proceed as this to gain it back, in case yout hate unity (I do) and don't like gnome shell (I do), and you feel like your computer is becoming a useless ugly toy since your last upgrade.

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  • First of all: install gnome classic
sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Log out, and back and select GNOME classic session type (in lightdm) before tapping login button.

Next, you'll see, it's ugly. First thing you'll have to learn is that you need to ALT + Right Click in order to act on an element on the panel. Weird, but it works. Let's go with an order:

  • The upper panel is too big. Not strange. ALT+Right Click on the me-menu bar (on the top right corner) and remove it. ALT+Right Click on the top bar and resize it to 24px. ALT+Right click on the top bar to add a switch out button, ALT+Right Click on the button to move it to the right corner of the screen.
  • The upper panel has a weird background. No problems. ALT+Right Click on the top panel, select Background and set
/usr/share/themes/Radiance(or Ambiance)/gtk-2.0/apps/img/panel.png

as a background. You're done.

  • There's no cool effects. No problems. Just enable compiz: try in a terminal
compiz --replace

Weird, unity comes back! How to get rid of it? Install ccms

sudo apt-get install ccms

and disable unity plugin. Nice up! Stupid unity plugin has gone! And you have a cooool desktop now. To make this permanent type


and add a voice named compiz containing the line

compiz --replace

on the command field. You're done. Beware: next on, you'll have to use SUPER+ALT+Right Click to edit an element on the panel. I don't know why, but it's so.

  • Last (but not least!) Where's my fucking desktop??? It's there, it's there. Install gnome-tweak-tool
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

go to the Desktop Tab, and enable everything here. You can also customize your theme, under theme, if you'd like to use different icons.

  • Bonus tricks: to gain back old style scrollbars and old style menus type (respectively)
sudo apt-get autoremove --purge liboverlay-scrollbar-*
sudo apt-get remove firefox-globalmenu thunderbird-globalmenu gnome3-globalmenu

Log-out and back in and that's all. Have a nice user experience now!!!