[original] Ubuntu13.04 install, uninstall Gnome3.8

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Add GNOME 3 PPA(Personal Package Archives)

We first give the Ubuntu Software Sources GNOME 3 PPA. This can not command line will do, but for the simple purpose, to do so more easily.

Open a new Terminal window, enter the following command carefully.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Upgrade or install GNOME Shell

In the PPA after the addition, depending on your installation. Do a two steps you need now.

If you install GNOME without Shell, then the following command in a terminal program, enter your password on the tip.:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

According to the installation of a variety of packages, will display the following interface, ask you to choose a display manager — — “ — &rdquo login screen; — Ubuntu should be used:

The two option will allow you to select a session before you sign (so if you wish you can log in to the Unity environment). ‘ lightdm’ Ubuntu is the default option, but to a true GNOME experience, such as getting the lock screen notifications, you must choose the GNOME display manager (GNOME Display Manager also known as GDM)


LightDM and GDM are show:

login screen display managers

If you do have GNOME installed Shell, or is the use of Ubuntu, GNOME, run this command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

For the optional extra bits of Staging PPA

If you are very cautious, also can increase the GNOME 3 Staging PPA. But it's a lot of component of &ndash is not stable; this is a big problem you must pay attention to .

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

Restart and log

So much for — — you have done. Ensure that all as far as possible is very smooth, you can restart.

If you use the default Unity login interface, select &lsquo in the user area, click the Ubuntu; GNOME’, conversation, and then continue as normal login.


If you want to choose the GNOME display manager, then in the login session before from the drop down menu to select‘GNOME’.

If everything is normal, you will see a similar interface…


Uninstall GNOME 3.8

To uninstall GNOME Shell desktop, we need to do something.

First, from the Ubuntu Software Center to install the PPA Purge

Install PPA Purge

The next step is to open a new terminal window, run the following command:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Note any hints in the degradation process of terminal appears in the. If you have installed GNOME 3 Staging PPA (see above), you also need to run:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

The next step by running the following command to uninstall GNOME Shell:

sudo apt-get remove gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Remove any has not been demoted and uninstall remove residual applications, and then restart.

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Posted by Goddard at November 13, 2013 - 5:10 AM