Testing Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04

I gave up with Unity. I don’t like it, and I don’t see why I should be forced to use it. So, I decided to try Gnome 3 instead. I followed the instructions in Ubuntu Geek’s blog post, and rebooted.

The result wasn’t pretty. The top bar was a stripy blue and white affair, and the notification icons looked a bit iffy. What went wrong? While I was using Unity, I had installed the proprietary ATI/AMD graphics driver instead of using the open source version. I suspected this may be the cause of the problem. Indeed, it was, once I’d actually stumbled through the new menu system and found out how to remove the bloody thing.

So while the display problems have been rectified, it’s still not very pretty. I’ve got the most basic of themes, and I’m still in the process of trying to find out how to change it. I’m still not convinced by Gnome 3, though.

Perhaps it’s time to ditch Gnome completely and try KDE instead!

Comments or suggestions on how to beautify Gnome 3, preferably with a simple menu option rather than having to dig into gconf-editor, would be much appreciated.

Testing Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04

6 thoughts on “Testing Gnome 3 on Ubuntu 11.04

  1. mr2k says:


    I completely agree. I have been on and off KDE for some time now (mainly because it feels slower etc.) but this new Unity (bah) and Gnome3-“haha-you-can’t-install-me-and-enjoy-me-without-WAY-too-much-fiddling” I find myself in a situation where I have to use KDE.

  2. Gus says:

    Thanks for the advice, Stephen. I’ve since removed Gnome 3 (KDE is getting a trial run), but I’ll try again using your suggestions.

    KDE is very pretty, but the time it takes to get to a useable desktop is unacceptable for me.

  3. There is a theme conflict: you need to remove gnome-accessibility-themes (sudo apt-get remove gnome-accessibility-themes); then install gnome-themes-standard (sudo apt-get install gnome-themes-standard).

    Log out and back in, and that should fix the theming issue. If not, install gnome-tweak-tool (sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool) and use that to set theme options.

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