I’m not a big fun of Unity, the new winow manager on Ubuntu Natty Narwhal. So, when the first beta of Gnome3 shell was released, I’ve decided to give it a try.
But, at that time, I was of course running Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) which did not stop me launching my terminal and typing:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing sudo apt-get upgrade
and then intalling the gnome-shell package with:
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
And then completing the whole proccess with:
Of course, I was pretty satisfied by this first release of Gnome3 Shell, this is why when I finished installing my new Ubuntu Natty Narwhal, I did not hesitate to get rid of the “ugly” Unity WM and get back the Gnome3 Shell back
Before we proceed, keep in mind that you might or might not have some package dependencies errors (this what I was told by one of my friends). However, I personnally did not have dependecy issues.
So, first of all, if you just upgrade to the new ubuntu distro like me, make sure to clean up your packages:
sudo apt-get autoclean sudo apt-get autoremove
Then, if must to enable third-party software sources, this is how you can do it.
The next step is to add the PPA repository, so type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
For more details about the PPA package, visit the Gnome3 Team website on launchpad.
And then, here comes the Gnome3 Shell installation:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
When you’re done, you will need to set Gnome3 Shell as your default Window Manager. To do so, type:
sudo update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
And then you will get the following menu (yours might be different):
Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ 0 /usr/bin/metacity 60 auto mode 1 /usr/bin/metacity 60 manual mode * 2 /usr/bin/mutter 60 manual mode
Choose “mutter” and hit Enter. Then reboot and you’re done !!