Ubuntu – Why has Gnome 3 reverted to classic (Gnome 2) look and feel


Not sure where to start with this one.

I've installed Gnome 3 by running sudo apt-get install gnome on my netbook, it all installed fine and ran fine didn't have any issues with it for a few weeks, then I turned on my netbook and logged in to be given the look and feel of Gnome 2.

I've cropped down the desktop in the image below.

Gnome 3 Desktop

Edit: Pastebinit as requested by izx



sudo lshw

Best Answer

  • Let's try the simple way to fix it first, because that looks like the Gnome3 Classic look (which is, yes, very similar to Gnome2)

    1. Open a terminal, and type/paste:

       sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get --reinstall install gnome-shell
    2. Logout

    3. Click on the Ubuntu logo:

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    4. Select the Gnome session, and click back:

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    5. Login and see if you still get the Gnome2 look-and-feel.