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Embrace the Change

So Ubuntu 10.10 have been out for a few months now, and as Canonical states it’s a perfect 10! You can check out my old post for most of the major changes made in Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat(here). I was looking forward to the new Ubuntu Netbook release because of it’s improved interface. I did try it out, and was very impressed with it, however I have found something I like better!

Although it’s still in development, and is not included in Ubuntu 10.10. GNOME 3 and it’s Gnome-shell has an incredible interface. When GNOME 3 is finished, Ubuntu will eventually use it as the default desktop manager, and most of you will probably end up using GNOME Shell after you get use to the new interface.

Since I embrace change, specially when it comes to open-source projects. I have already downloaded and installed Gnome-shell. I do not have it set to my default desktop, but I do use it on a regular basis. I do have to admit, at first I was against the new interface but I fought through my resistance to learn the new interface and now enjoy using the new sleek, user friendly interface.

If you would like to install Gnome-shell on your computer, I got all of my information from the gnome website(here). But here is the break down of what you have to do to install gnome-shell on your Ubuntu 10.10 system.

  1. Download the deb file from lauchpad (here) and install it. -> This option is okay if you are just wanting to test it out, but I suggest adding gnome-shell to the repository, that way it is always up to date.
    To do this, add
    deb maverick main
    to your source list, then open a terminal and run the following commands
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
  2. After it has been installed open a terminal, or press <ALT> F2 and type:
    gnome-shell --replace

That’s all there is to it, gnome shell is now running on your desktop. Now if you want to stop it, just press  <ALT>C in the terminal window, or logout and back in again. We have not made any changes to your desktop configurations, but if you want to use gnome-shell as your default desktop, that process is also quiet easy to accomplish.

  1. Open a terminal
  2. run gconf-editor
  3. Navigate to Desktop->gnome->session->RequiredComponents
  4. Replace whatever is in windowmanager with gnome-shell

(Screen shot below shows the gconf-editor window with the proper option selected)

Now I’m not going to go into much detail on how to use gnome-shell, or the pros and cons of it, either your going to like it, or your not. I’m not going to try and convince you either way. I just wanted to give you the change to check out what the new Gnome is going to look like. I’m sure that once Ubuntu has integrated to Gnome 3, they will probably keep with the default desktop, with both the panels on the top and bottom, but have gnome-shell as an option in the background for anyone that what’s to use it instead.