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How to add gnome desktop to Ubuntu 12.04
Initial problem description ↑
When upgrading from Ubuntu 10.04 at the end of its lifecycle to Ubuntu 12.04 I was presented with the new Unity desktop with its dock for launching applications and a startling lack of the classic "start" button to use a windows metaphor with its application browsing menu. I tried using Unity for a number of days in hopes of finding its secrets but I only experienced a frustrating learning curve that didn't improve. Maybe I am getting too old to relish change for changes sake but I wanted my gnome desktop back.
Fortunately others have gone down this road before and I was able to find
instructions easily enough:
(Here is the usual disclaimer - do this at your own risk. If the computer
system is destroyed, data lost, or it eat's your dog, I accept no
Further thoughts ↑
While I will keep the Unity desktop option around for awhile as I might try and give it another go if someone can convince me that Unity is the greatest thing since hostess twinkies, I note that some have removed unity as well. While removing unity seems to have its pitfalls one poster (see footnote 1 below) claims to have found a way to remove the unnecessary parts while keeping only those system essential parts needed by Ubuntu 12.04.
A bon entendeur ... salut! (A rough translation from french: A word to the wise is hopefully all that will be necessary. ;-)
Michael Wells - 06 May 2013