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Install Gnome3 on Ubuntu 12.04

In Gnome, Gnome shell, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Unity on June 23, 2012 by oli4444

You like the nice configuration defaults of Ubuntu but not Unity?

Add this to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu precise main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome3-team/gnome3/ubuntu precise main
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/gnome3/ubuntu precise main 
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/gnome3/ubuntu precise main

Now run

sudo apt-get update && apt-get install gnome-shell

and you have an up-to-date gnome-shell. Even many of the pretty extensions are packaged as well.

As a bonus I found out that Gnome 3 runs much snappier than Unity on an old IBM T43 laptop (which has 6 years old Centrino technology).

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3 Responses to “Install Gnome3 on Ubuntu 12.04”

  1. Why not use the Gnome 3 version from the default repository?

  2. You can install gnome-shell (and thus GNOME 3) on Ubuntu 12.04 without adding any extra repositories.

  3. It’s definitely faster than Unity on my Celeron laptop. Although when I used Empathy in Ubuntu 12.04, I got two popups for each message, I think because I was getting the Ubuntu popup as a GNOME one somehow.

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