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How to return to classic Gnome in Ubuntu
Newer versions of Ubuntu include a new interface for Gnome called Unity. Some people prefer the older interface or "classic" Gnome. This is how you get back to that.
Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
If you want the classic Gnome 2, install gnome-session-fallback in the Ubuntu Software Center.
11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
Classic Gnome in Oneiric is called gnome-session-fallback, so if you want classic Gnome, you should install that package. If you don't know how to install software packages, read this first.
Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narhwal)In 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Ubuntu has switched the default user interface—provided your computer meets certain system requirements—to be Unity, a slightly different skin for Gnome. If your computer doesn't meet those requirements, you will automatically get the classic Gnome.
For those whose computers do support Unity, you have some who love Unity and others who just want their old Gnome back.
If you would like to switch back to classic Gnome, first you need to log out.
At least for Ubuntu 11.04 (this does not apply to 11.10), you can change the setting permanently using the Login Screen menu item.
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