Starting from Gnome 3.x the old user interface of this desktop environment evolved in a new UI called Gnome Shell. On Ubuntu this shell is not available by default, since Unity is the main shell presented after a new installation. Luckly the Gnome Team is maintaining an updated PPA that aims to integrate Gnome in Ubuntu.


To install Gnome Shell on Ubuntu (only Ubuntu >= 11.04 is supported) just execute these commands:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

This will install the Gnome Shell 3.2 on your Ubuntu distribution.

Installing Gnome Shell Extensions

The Gnome Shell comes with no extensions installed, the updated one are packaged in a different PPA. To install them execute the following commands:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/gnome3
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-common
 sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Note (please read)

Some people are asking me: why a PPA? Gnome 3 is in Oneiric already! It's not exact. First of all the version shipped with Oneiric is not updated, then some packages are missing and even extensions are packaged separately.

GnomeShell (last edited 2011-11-18 20:42:24 by andreagrandi)