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Gnome3 Shell on Ubuntu 11.04

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.

 

Gnome3 Shell Screenshot

 

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:


gnome-shell --replace

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 !!

Enjoy :)

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