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GNOME 3 Fallback with Compiz

Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10

Install GNOME 3 classic

apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-panel

Install CCSM

apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Install gnome-tweak-tool and gconf-editor

apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Use Add to panel like in GNOME 2 => Super (Win Key) + Alt + Right Click

Add the Indicator Applet Complete

Switch Display Manager (GDM or LightDM)

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm


sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm

Ubuntu 11.10

GNOME 3 Fallback (Classic) + Compiz, for people like me who do NOT like Unity at all and show no interest towards Gnome Shell, like Classic GNOME 2 + Compiz(wink)


If you have installed GNOME 3 with gnome-shell, either enable forced Fallback Mode (System Info > Graphics) or simply uninstall gnome-shell.

Fallback Mode is not necessary if you choose the Compiz/Cairo-Dock session method.

Install GNOME Shell (suppose you are on Ubuntu 11.10)

apt-get update && apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-themes-standard

Start Compiz manually

In Terminal

compiz --replace ccp &

Auto start with Gnome 3 fallback mode session (Recommended)

Edit file /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome-fallback.session

Replace your windows manager (gnome-shell,metacity) with compiz in RequiredComponents line. Change DefaultProvider-windowmanager line to DefaultProvider-windowmanager=compiz

Here is the sample gnome-fallback.session:

[GNOME Session]
Name=GNOME fallback (Safe Mode)


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