Can You Recommend Or Suggest Any Reputable Way Or Means To Get The Gnome 2 GUI Original Or Remake Interface To Replace The New Unity GUI Interface For My Linux Ubuntu V.11.10 64-Bit Operating System?

Posted on 2012-04-03
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hello. I have a question regarding my Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system.

Is there a way or means to get the Gnome 2 GUI interface (original or remake version) developed from the Gnome 2 development platform to replace the new Unity GUI interface for my Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system?

Criteria I am looking for:

1. I am looking for a means that renders the current Unity GUI into the old or remake Gnome 2 interface with much stability and little or preferably no issues.  
2. Also the old or remake Gnome 2 interface that nearly perfectly resembles visual, functional, and features of the original Gnome 2 interface.      
3. The old or remake Gnome 2 runs alongside disabled Unity and likewise conversely true when they both can be switched to the other GUI at will.  

If you can recommend or suggest any reputable way or means to get the Gnome 2 GUI interface (original or remake version) developed from the Gnome 2 development platform back to replace the new Unity GUI interface for my Linux Ubuntu v.11.10 64-bit operating system; please provide the website. If the website lacks or fails to describe the installation process necessary to accomplish this – only providing by solution by name, please add that installation information like the installation steps and download links as well.

If you know more than one solution that you can recommend or suggest; please provide all webpages and tell me the one you recommend to a greater degree.  

Please reply.

Thank you!
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Darr247 earned 500 total points
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CentOS 6 still uses GNOME2... but that's a 2.6 kernel.

All other linux distros that offer the GNOME graphical user interface will likely be switching to GNOME3 (CentOS 7 will probably use it, too)... so if you want to use the 3.x kernels, you're either going to have to adapt to GNOME3, else switch to KDE, XFCE, or some other desktop like Unity.

That said, the closest you can get to the old look is GNOME Classic, which is an attempt to make GNOME3 look like GNOME2.
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@ Darr247:

Hello. Nice to see you again. Thank you for your comment.

I have a question to ask you from a statement you made in your last comment I need some clarity on and it might sound like a dumb question since I am a newbie...

... you said, "so if you want to use the 3.x kernels, you're either going to have to adapt to GNOME3, else switch to KDE, XFCE, or some other desktop like Unity."

So help me out here... you mean that KDE and XFCE are another kind of GUI interface or shell like Unity... ...and it gets me thinking...  ...that I could implement in Ubuntu... ...or are KDE and XFCE another whole other type of operating system like Ubuntu (part of the Unix/Linux distributions)? Please explain.

I have been doing some search and I am getting information about that fact that KDE and XFCE are different GUI, but yet it discusses them as 'distros' or distributions as well. I am not sure how KDE and XFCE truly are?

If KDE and XFCE 'IS' a GUI interface or shell, please explain how I can implement it into Ubuntu (if possible). Please explain the steps.

Please reply.

Thank you!

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@ Darr247 & anyone:

Hello again.

Please reply to my last comment directly above. This would be much appreciated!

Please reply.

Thank you!
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Darr247 earned 500 total points
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Yes... KDE, XFCE and GNOME are all different GUI desktop designs, like Unity.

The easiest way I see to install KDE is copy and paste
into your browser (because using the url= brackets tries to add the http URI to it instead of an href, so it won't show up as a link here), then hit enter, which should make Ubuntu's package manager fetch and install the KDE components from your currently enabled repositories...

from the terminal, it would likely take
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install kde-standard
or if you want to automatically answer Yes to all the prompts, run
$ sudo apt-get install kde-standard -y

At the next bootup, you should be able to choose which Desktop to start when you're at the login screen, before entering your password.

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@ Darr247:


Thank you for your latest comment. You have nicely answered all my questions -- especially your latest comment -- what I really wanted to hear that I can do!!! Thank you!

I am splitting the points here for this question/thread since your latest comment REALLY provides 'ME' the answer that I really need to do to answer this question/thread. Your first comment provides a general answer overview to my question/thread I posted that is also applicable and is equally significant to proceed to your latest comment. Your later answer is the "Accepted Solution" because, again, it applies directly to me in what I need to do!

Again, thank you!

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