How to Install Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04

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Gnome 3

Gnome 3 is the latest release of the famous Linux desktop. As soon as they released it, many people tried to update their Linux distributions with Gnome 3. Open Suse have already integrated Gnome 3 and Fedora will add it to their next major release, Fedora 15. But, what happened to Ubuntu? Since Ubuntu started to build their own shell Unity, they have ditched Gnome shell! You won’t even find Gnome 3 on the official repos!

There are a lot of people who don’t like Unity. Many don’t like it because of how it works… the look and feel… For them, even Gnome 3 won’t work because it works pretty much the same way (If you are a person like that, check the post I published yesterday : How To Switch Back to the Old Gnome Interface in Ubuntu 11.04). But, if you hate Unity because of the stability issues, or if you just want to try out Gnome 3, this is your lucky day. (But remember, even Gnome3 is a bit unstable on Ubuntu!) So, today we are going to see how to install Gnome 3 using an external PPA.

Lets start cooking…

  • First, go to the Terminal (In the main menu, go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and enter the following command to add the Gnome 3 repository:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
  • Now, execute the following command to update the sources and upgrade the system :
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Next, enter the following command to install Gnome 3 :
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Gnome 3

  • Finally, restart your machine and select “Gnome 3 Shell” (I can’t remember correctl… But it should be something like Gnome 3 or Gnome Shell) at the login screen. (Fore more info on how to do this, please check my previous post : How To Switch Back to the Old Gnome Interface in Ubuntu 11.04 )

So, how many of you did switch to Gnome 3? Did it gave you any problems? You like it more than Unity? Feel free to share your ideas as comments!

Update : Warning : This Gnome 3 installation might break your Unity system and make it unstable. For me, it worked fine. But, be careful. We should thank Mr tigull for pointing this out :

The article should mention that this is going to break Unity making it unusable.

Update : If you wont to remove Gnome 3, you can use this command :

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

We should thank Mr regua for pointing this out :

Correct. But you can just

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

back to normal.

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