Monday, 22 May 2017

How to install GNOME Desktop in Ubuntu

If you don't like the default Unity Desktop environment or looking for an alternate option, GNOME is the best choice for you. GNOME 3 is an easy and elegant open source desktop environment whose development is largely contributed by Red Hats and Volunteers. It has a separate area called Overview which makes switching between different tasks and virtual workspaces easier. Moreover, Canonical is replacing Unity DE with GNOME desktop environment from Ubuntu 18.04 release. You can install GNOME desktop in Ubuntu and get familiar with it. 

In this article, we will see how to install GNOME desktop environment in Ubuntu. I am using Ubuntu 17.04 but the process will be same for any other version. 

Install GNOME in Ubuntu 

Open Terminal from the Launch bar or through pressing Ctrl + Alt + T and type the following command :

sudo apt install gnome-shell

This will prompt you for root password and notifies you for a download of around 49 MB archives. Type Y to continue and wait for the archive to download and install. 

Once done, log out from your session and on the Login screen, you will find the option of GNOME. 

Select GNOME, enter username and password to login to GNOME desktop environment. Clicking on Activities on the top-left corner gives the launch bar , Overview and a search box to search for the applications you have installed. A click in the center shows you all the Notifications and a calendar. You can pin any application to the launch bar with a drag and drop. 

With the above one-line terminal command, you have successfully installed GNOME desktop in Ubuntu. Open Source has so many choices when it comes to practically everything. If you don't like one desktop, you can switch to one of your choice any day with just one line of code. If you still face any issue, let me know in the comment. 


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