Will there be a way to eliminate Gnome 3 in 11.10 and install Gnome 2 on that sytem?
Here is Solutions:
GNOME 2 will not be available in 11.10 as the entire stack (including GTK) has been upgraded to 3.x.
Though a new project has been made to reintroduce GNOME 2 to newer OSs called ‘Mate’ (Pronounced mah-te) and it’s available now as an official distro…
GDM is easy enough. Install it, open a terminal and run
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm. This will enable you to choose between LightDM and GDM.
As for Gnome 2 you can’t get that in 11.10. They are incompatible systems. You’ll have to install an earlier version of Ubuntu. Gnome 2 is dead and will never come back.
I would like to add, though, that a lot of people have the impression that the desktop that was used in the Gnome 2-based versions of Ubuntu, no longer is available. That impression is false. That desktop is called Gnome Panel, but unfortunately, the sessions have been renamed to things like Gnome Classic and Ubuntu Classic — the new name is Gnome Fallback. It’s the same software, except that you have to press and hold the alt-key when you right-click the panels to add applets, move applets, etc.
Gnome 3.0’s fallback mode (which looks and feels like GNOME 2.x), continues to be useful as an accessible desktop, on thin clients, on operating systems, platforms, virtual desktop environments, enterprise deployments or wherever else high bandwidth GPU rendering is neither available nor desirable. Some fat-client X86 focused distros such as Ubuntu may decide to drop it but I think the dependency of gnome-shell on clutter which depends on opengl which (for all practical purposes) depends on a local GPU– will prevent this from being a “one size fits all” desktop as the previous GNOME and most other desktop operating systems are.
Well, turns out Gnome2 won’t be shipped in the next version as a “classical” option.
Anyways, though I’m not a ubuntu hacker, it’s almost certain someone will find a way of doing it. 🙂
Just in case you don’t really mean Gnome2, but Gnome Panel (the bars at the top and bottom that we’ve had in Ubuntu before) then yes:
- gnome-panel | 1:22.214.171.124-0ubuntu3 | hardy | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.22.2-0ubuntu1.1 | hardy-updates | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.30.0-0ubuntu1 | lucid | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.30.2-0ubuntu0.2 | lucid-updates | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.30.2-1ubuntu3 | maverick | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.32.1-0ubuntu6.3 | natty | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:2.32.1-0ubuntu6.5 | natty-updates | source, amd64, i386
- gnome-panel | 1:3.0.2-0ubuntu6 | oneiric | source, amd64, i386
As you can see, Oneiric (11.10) has Gnome Panel 3.0.2. 🙂 You can use the application “rmadison” to find that information. It’s in the devscripts package.
Not to be a shill, but if you’re looking for a simple GUI interface (including an application menu similar to that of GNOME 2), you might want to consider installing Cairo Dock (cairo-doc from the software center) in 11.10, and then at the LightDM login screen, log in using the “Cairo-Dock (with Gnome and effects)” option. Have a look here for a discussion of some of the features of Cairo Dock:
Note: My preference is to use Cairo Dock in conjunction with the latest GNOME Shell (gnome-shell from the software center). Some use it with Unity. Some as a standalone. To each his/her own.
There is this link that I found through a post on Ubuntu Community Forums:
Would that be what you are looking for?
If you don’t require strong Ubuntu One integration try out Xubuntu.
Instructions for upgrading your Ubuntu to Xubuntu are here:
Also, if you follow the above you can actually pick between Xubuntu and Ubuntu when you login so you aren’t getting rid of Ubuntu doing this; just
Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂