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How to install GNOME 3 and Mate on Ubuntu 11.10

Written by config on . Posted in Linux, Ubuntu


In this tutorial I am going to show you how to install GNOME 3 on your Ubuntu 11.10 desktop. We will install it with some shell extensions so that you can get the feel and look of GNOME 2 on GNOME 3. This is for those guys who want to revert to GNOME 2. For GNOME 3 lovers there is no need to install this extension.

This works perfectly with Ubuntu 11.10, may work with other versions of Ubuntu but I am not sure about that. You may try, I won’t guarantee on this.


Adding Repository:
First of all we will have to add the repository which is appropriate for GNOME 3. For this purpose open your terminal and type the commands given below:

 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3

 sudo apt-get update

Installing GNOME 3:
Since we have added the repository now we are able to download packages for GNOME 3 by typing:

sudo apt-get install mgse-bottompanel mgse-menu mgse-windowlist gnome-shell-classic-systray gnome-tweak-tool

Installation has been completed. Now just log out and then the login option will come where it will ask for the password. Just click on cog-wheel and select GNOME from the submenu. When you select GNOME the GNOME 3 desktop will appear to you.

Now we will have to enable all the installed features and for that purpose we will have to configure them using “GNOME Tweak Tool”. You will find it in “Activities->Advance Settings”. Select the “Shell Extensions” from there and then it will show a list of all the features. From there you can select the features of your choice and can turn on or turn off those particular features.

Installing Mate:
First of all we will have to add repository of Linux Mint. For that open the “sources.list” file as

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and at the end of the file add the text given below:

deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import

Close the file after saving it. Then update the packages.

sudo apt-get update

Then install the mint keyring

 sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring

 sudo apt-get update

 sudo apt-get install mint-meta-mate

After the installation has been complete just log out and select the cog-wheel and select MATE from the list. Now you will see that all the mint based features has been installed on your system. You can change this by going to “System-> Preferences-> Appearance”. You will see many themes there. Select the default theme for Ubuntu which is “Ambiance”.

So, we saw how to install GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 11.10 and using Mint based features (theme) on your system with the help of Mate. If you faced any problem or got any error then let me know in the comments.

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