How to install classic gnome desktop in ubuntu 12.04 (Precise)

This tutorial will explain how to install classic gnome desktop in ubuntu 12.04.By default ubuntu 12.04 loads in to unity desktop some of the users didn't like unity desktop so they want to get back the old classic gnome desktop.

Install classic gnome desktop in ubuntu 12.04

Open the terminal and run one of the following commands both does the same

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback


sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

Once you install the classic gnome desktop you need to logout from the existing session.Once you are at logon screen click the option to change your session then choose Gnome Classic to logon

Once you logged in you should see similar to the following classic gnome desktop

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37 Responses

  1. dhaval says:

    thanks a lot, worked like a charm. Never thought i can get classic version without removing unity

  2. mekoxtwisparkle says:

    Thanks so much. I enjoyed the simplicity of the desktop back when I ran Ubuntu 9.04 and 10 something. 😀

  3. guyfl says:

    I can’t get this to work on trusty. The icon next to the login I used to click on to choose window manager does nothing now… Anyone able to get this working on trusty (HP laptop)?

  4. kevin says:

    error Occur Please Need your help Reply quickly

    When i type the command i get this
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock – open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
    Please help
    Can’t even use ubuntu Software centre

  5. NT says:

    Hi, why doesn’t Ubuntu simply ask you during the install, whether you want a classic desktop or this new unity crap? It should be the user that decides, not Ubuntu. This is reminding all of us of the Windows and Apple’s way of doing things, they “force” you to do what “they” want. I thought Ubuntu Linux would want to accomadate the user? Just a sad comment on the way things are done these days I guess?

  6. Boo says:

    It is not like Gnome Classic is totally removed. Ubuntu 12.04 includes for the first time a brand new interface, they want to set it as default for showing their progress. They need to improve features and graphic is a part of it.

  7. Jack says:

    Unity was the groups attempt to make a name for them self with something “New.”
    They certainly did. The best I can say about Unity is “Klutzy.” Not to mention a resource hog.
    Try the Mint Distro if you want Ubuntu without the defect.

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