Ubuntu 12.04 Change to Classic Gnome

By | 2012/03/03

Unity not doing it for you? Ubuntu 12.04 has a fallback mode which mimics Gnome 2 / Classic Gnome. Yay!

To install Gnome Classic/Fallback, install this package:

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback


Now logout. At the login screen after selecting your login name, click on the Ubuntu icon beside your name to change the session to Gnome Classic.


Classic panel applets are there. Virtual desktop are there. The standard Applications and Places menus are there.


Note: gnome-session-fallback has been part of Ubuntu since 11.10, as it is actually Gnome 3.


6 thoughts on “Ubuntu 12.04 Change to Classic Gnome

  1. Jeff Mings

    Thanks, Scott! Simple and easy to find. 🙂

  2. Holger Szesnat

    Thanks very much indeed. Very helpful. Have used this on 11.10, and it seems to work just fine, as you indicated. I am glad I can get away from Unity.

  3. Zhijun Tan

    Does anybody know the difference between the two commands “sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback and ” and “sudo apt-get install gnome-panel” for Ubuntu 12.04 to fallback to classic Gnome desktop?

    1. podshot

      essentially this is both the same .. “gnome-panel” arranges everything like it was in lucid, so when you log in all is already set up for you. That fallback thing might require some post-tweaks; I would just use the “gnome-panel” package – it is also in software center, just search for it, it is one click only to install everything it needs.

      1. Zhijun Tan

        OK, thanks very much for your nice explanation.


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