Ubuntu :: Get A Classic Desktop In UNR 10.04?

Apr 30, 2010

how can I get rid of all this horrible maximus/netbook launcher stuff and just get a classic desktop in UNR 10.04?

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Ubuntu :: Unity Desktop Gone - Change Old Desktop(classic)?

Jun 17, 2011

I started up my computer, the seccond time since i had installed ubuntu 11.04. My unity desktop was gone, and it was now the old desktop(classic). I tried to change it but it didn't work. Then i as i only saw one option i reinstalled ubuntu then it worked again and have since.

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Ubuntu :: Launch Compiz With Classic Desktop?

Jun 20, 2011

My machine ran Compiz perfectly on 9.04. it's too old to run Unity.

I've switched back to Classic Desktop - how do I get Compiz to run automatically? At the moment, I'm opening a terminal and running

compiz --replace

When I go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance, I don't see the "Enable Desktop Effects" option that I used to. Is there any way I can get this back?

I'm using the NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version 173)

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Ubuntu :: Compiz Just Not Working In 11.04 Classic Desktop

Jul 8, 2011

I have compiz installed, and ccsm. Currently the only window manager I can get to work is metacity.

KDE works fine with compiz.

If I even enable "desktop cube" in ccsm, my window manager dies and the proper one does not start up. Running Code:

In a terminal also bombs out.

Unity seems to work fine as far as this is concerned, but I hate unity. It isn't even remotely ready to use in my opinion.

I see alot of other people posting about this with no solid answers.

I moved all the following out of the way from my old 10.10 $HOME, so this should essentially be a clean home dir. as far as compiz and GNOME are concerned:


I created a brand new user and tried to enable compiz in classic desktop. Same thing.

What I have installed wrt to compiz:


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OpenSUSE :: 11.4 - Any Way To Get Classic Desktop In Gnome3

May 24, 2011

I have upgraded my OpenSuse 11.4 to gnome3, and it works beautifully, but now. I want to be able to log in to old gnome desktop and I can't. I only have gnome 3 as my default gnome desktop now? Can I have my classic gnome desktop back without removing my gnome 3? Can I make Gnome 3 & my classic Gnome 2.3## co-exist so I get to choose at login?

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Ubuntu :: OEM User Cannot Select Classic Gnome Desktop

Apr 30, 2011

I upgraded a machine with only default OEM user from 10.10 to 11.04 and my extremely useful gnome desktop was trashed by the upgrade. If I logout, the login screen does not give me a choice of login shells. What options do I have to ressurect a more useful shell than the default toy for untrained office staff and game players

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 'Classic' Desktop Speedup For Dragging Windows?

May 7, 2011

For what its worth: Probably mentioned someplace but I did not find it.

I am using 11.04 64 with the Classic desktop. I found that dragging windows was terrible rough. Consumed CPU when dragged.

I loaded CompizConfig Settings Manager. Go to the bottom where the 'Work Arounds' are. Enable 'Don't wait for video sync'.

Made a huge difference for me. Able to make it look and work like 10.10 for the most part. But I like a clean old Gnome look and feel.

Q9450, Nvidia 9800GT 512k.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 - Classic Desktop Switches To Fullscreen Too Easily

May 7, 2011

I upgraded to 11.04 recently

I run 2 monitors, 1800x1200 and 1720x1180 approx (not exactly sure, but they are different)

I like to have many windows open on both screens.

The system keeps switching windows to fullscreen mode when I want to be able to see 5 or 6 partial windows on each screen.

It seems that if I align the edge of a window to the top of the screen, it switches to fullscreen mode, which is the last thing I want it to do.

Funnily enough, if I move a window to the edge of the screen, I want to be able to see the other windows on that screen. If I want fullscreen mode I hit the fullscreen icon; otherwise I want the size to stay the same. I dont want the window manager ever to arbitrarily give me fullscreen mode.

How can I stop this unwanted behaviour which is new to 11.04 ?

I have to admit that for my purposes the classic desktop is head and shoulders better than the default 11.04 desktop, but how did the release process manage to trash the earlier release's excellent desktop. Was Beta feedback totally ignored ? Rhetorical question, but hopefully someone up there listens.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Log Into Classic Desktop With XRDP In Natty / Machine To Use For It?

May 11, 2011

I am using xRDP to remotely log into my desktop. I have my user set up to use the classic no-effects desktop when logging into the console. Problem is, when I log in via xRDP, it uses unity. How do I tell the machine to use classic no-effects when using xRDP?

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Ubuntu :: Switch Automatically From The Unity Desktop To The Classic?

May 15, 2011

Sometimes during the system startup I get this message:

It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Unity. Please choose Ubuntu Classic at the login screen and you will be using the traditional environment.

According to:


I can change switch from the Unity Desktop to the classic GNOME Desktop, but howto configure to do it automatically over Autologin?

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Ubuntu :: Desktop Cube In Gnome Classic Terribly Slow

May 30, 2011

today i decided i wanted to use the desktop cube again, so i went through all the compiz settings and got it working in gnome classic. however, when i initiate ratation with the mouse (ctrl>alt>button 1) it is sloooow whenever there is a window open (even just one). rotating away from the workspace with a window does seem to speed up the framerate. when i had maverick 10.10 it was never this slow.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Ipod Classic 80gb 6G Not Showing Up On Desktop Or In Rhythmbox?

Oct 29, 2010

I recently had the HD replaced in my ipod after my old one failed. But now I can't get my computer to recognize it when I plug it in. Not sure what I'm missing or how to find the problem. I'm still in my beginning months of using Ubuntu and I would appreciate any help I could get on this. I'm starting to think I may not be able to fix this.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Unity Works - Classic And Safe Suddenly Empty Desktop

May 5, 2011

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.04 and all was working ok till today. I am not sure if it was because of a new update(manager)or maybe another reason, but i get a purple screen and a unresponsive window from a alarm clock app and thats it. This occures when I login onto Classic Ubuntu and Safe mode, the main Ubuntu (Unity) is working fine.

I did use Ubuntu Classic since install and was running fine. Now the screen is purple and cant even shut of the PC with the powerbutton. I can still get into terminal using CTRL+ALT+F1 and that about it... I had Dock installed,task bar... all is gone, even the background picture changed.

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Fedora Installation :: Add Gnome Classic Desktop In FC15?

Aug 12, 2011

I installed a fresh live CD version of Fedora 15 which has that new Unity desktop, but I also want the option of booting to the old gnome classic desktop session. So can I add that with the package manager, or just use terminal with yum install ?

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Debian :: Gnome 3 Desktop Shows Only Classic After System Update

Mar 6, 2015

How to troubleshoot my desktop. After I use update manager and restart the desktop, it defaults to Gnome classic display instead of the usual Gnome 3 display.

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Ubuntu Networking :: Clear And Restart Network Manager In Ubuntu 11.04 Classic Desktop?

Aug 3, 2011

How do Stop, clear and restart Network Manager in Ubuntu 11.04 Classic Desktop?

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Unity - Manage Workspaces \ Still Miss The Good Visual Feedback And The Single Click Action That The Lower Panel (classic) Desktop Switcher Used?

May 21, 2011

I like 11.04 with Unity however I would like to find a method of managing workspaces with mouse (not keyboard) which gives constant visual feedback and is faster than using the launcher bar, which although not 'slow', takes time to appear and it then takes time to locate the (non movable) desktop switcher item.I happily adopt most of what 11.04 (Unity) offers, however, I really still miss the good visual feedback and the single click action that the lower panel (classic) desktop switcher used. Is there a way of me using some item in unity which is closely similar?

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Ubuntu :: How To Use The 11.04 Classic And AWN

May 8, 2011

I have been running Ubuntu 10.04 & 10.10 nicely over the last year and recently I found the avant-window-navigator, which I now use instead of gnome-panel.It's easy to make the changes in previous versions, I just had to go into gconf-editor, navigate to /desktop/gnome/required_components and change the "panel" key from gnome-panel to avant-window-navigator.

Now I am one of the many who despises Unity and put off the upgrade to 11.04, until I read that you can select Ubuntu Classic when logging in and not use Unity.No problem,I thought.I will just use Ubuntu Classic, make the same changes as before and not use Unity.But, this doesn't seem to work. The same keys are not present in gconf-editor and even if I add them they have no effect.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Log In To Classic In 11.04

May 20, 2011

I followed this guide. [URL]

Log out and log in as Ubuntu classic, but still i get an Unity-desktop. I have also installed Unity-2d from synaptic. How do I know if the system has unity-2d or unity-3d? I have only an eeepc 900, so 3d get really slow

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Ubuntu :: Classic Unusable In 11.04?

May 1, 2011

So if we don't like Unity or the way it crashes with alarming regularity, the fact that it requires multiple mouse clicks to do things we used to do with a couple and the fact that the launcher is not configurable in any meaningful way, we can always go back to Ubuntu Classic, right? Wrong!

Trying to enable desktop effects in Classic under amd64 and NVidia proves something of a nightmare.

1. There is no 'Desktop Effects' tab anymore. We are told that this is no longer necessary as Compiz is running by default.

2. Jockey reports that the NVidia driver is installed and that the driver is activated but 'not currently in use'. This is a bug and has been reported. However, this could tempt people to uninstall and re-install the driver (I am one of these) with disastrous results.

3. Trying to enable things like the Cube and Cube rotation break Compiz and remove *all* the settings in CCSM. Window menus and borders disappear and have to be restored by resetting the Window Manager to Metacity.

4. Getting applications like Radio Tray or Shutter to show in the System Tray involves circuitous circumventing of a 'Whitelist' (which is there for our protection because we shouldn't really want to use applications which put icons in the tray!) is really going to put off people installing applications which then apparently don't work. (They do work, they just become unusable because you cant see them or do anything with them!)

5. Skype will sometimes load and sometimes won't. Sometimes the sound is corrupted and sometimes not. Despite the fact that Skype is proprietary software, many people need to use it. If it becomes unreliable many people will look elsewhere or go back to Wingedows.

6. In both Unity and Classic the task bar will randomly freeze and become unresponsive, requiring a reboot.

Natty Narwhal? More like Natty Dread at the moment. I dread turning it on and it is dreadful. I'll try Gnome 3 or go back to 10.10. I can no longer recommend Ubuntu as a viable alternative to Windows to my customers.

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Ubuntu :: Get Classic Scrollbars On 11.04?

May 30, 2011

Is it possible to get the gnome style scrollbars on the classic desktop on 11.04? The new disappearing slider is bugging me. In particular I like clicking on the scrollbar below the slider to advance.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Get In Classic Mode ?

Jun 1, 2011

I just installed Ubuntu 11.04, to find that I don't like Unity. I want to get back to normal Gnome, but on the login screen, when I select "Classic mode", it gets into Unity anyway.

I also tried to un-check Unity Plugin in Compiz Settings, without success. "Classic mode (no effects)" works great, but like it says, there is no effects at all...

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Ubuntu :: No Option To Log Into Classic In 11.04?

Jun 12, 2011

Hey all, I recently did a fresh install of 11.04 and decided to poke around with GNOME 3. Long story short it wasn't my cup of tea so I reverted with ppa-purge. Now, Unity isn't my cup of tea either so I like to use Gnome Classic but for some reason now I only have the options of Unity (Ubuntu) and Ubuntu Classic (No effects). Before I installed GNOME 3 I was able to log into Ubuntu Classic (with effects) just fine. I'm an average linux user, not pro but not completely nub so I would prefer to find a way of fixing this without re-installing Ubuntu if possible.

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Ubuntu :: Using An Ipod Classic On Lucid ?

Jul 7, 2010

'm about to order an iPod 160gb classic and I was wondering if it plays nice with Iucid lynx and which song management app your using. I made use of the search functions and most posts that deal with the classic are a few years old. Just wanted to see if syncing the classic has been made easier in the past few years.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 + Gnome Classic + 4 LCD Monitors?

Apr 29, 2011

I've installed this new Ubuntu 11.04 and I must say its horrible. Not because of the "Unity", but lack of support for multiple monitors. They work in "Gnome Classic", but the problem is there is many bugs. First bug is that any windows I open do not have borders or title bars, and only open in top left corner of the screen. On top of that, I can't type anything in those opened screens like when I open terminal for example. Second bug is that I can't add any new items to panels on other separate screens. As soon as I try to add anything, I get the following errors. "Indicator Applet Complete" has quit unexpectedly. So 11.04 failed for me I'm afraid. At this point I can't use it. This is very said because I was looking forward in running new version of Ubuntu. Its very strange that Ubuntu programmers don't have multiple screens by now to test ubuntu properly. As for Unity, nothing to talk about there. Its pure "Vista" style like screw up. It only works well on laptop or single monitor. I guess all I can do now, is wait again for 11.10 and hope all bugs will be fixed by then to support multiple monitors like 10.10 does now. Also, this will teach me installing new ubuntu version every six months LOL With all the bugs new ubuntu version comes out .04 releases is not worth it. Better wait at least in till .04.1 comes or even .10 versions. fix "Gnome Classic" so it will support multiple screens again. I think its something to do with Compiz, because windows decorations is not working on separate screens.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Classic Window Decorator

May 1, 2011

Gave unity a try, did not like it, switched to classic. I had pretty much figured out eye candy in previous versions, but I can't change the window border in 11.04. If I enable emerald as the window decorator under compiz settings, I get a blank window border, regardless of which emerald theme I select. If I click the default under compiz settings and use compiz-decorator, I also get a blank window border. If I use gtk-window-decorator, I then have a proper window border, but I have no way to change it. With it, I can use appearance preferences and change themes, colors, icons, etc., but selecting different window borders under customize has no effect at all. I don't like the window border I'm stuck with, anybody know how to switch these in 11.04?

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Ubuntu :: Completely Disable 3d With Classic?

May 24, 2011

I have upgraded to version 11.04 and I only use Ubuntu classic - do not like Unity at all.

I think in previous version there was an option in one of the System->Preferences->Appearance dialogs to enable 3D effects partly fully or not at all for GNOME 2. However, I cannot find this dialog any more in version 11.04. Where has it gone?

I would like to make sure that all 3D mumbo-jumbo is completely disabled with ubuntu classic.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Stuck In Classic Mode

Jul 1, 2011

Ok not sure what is up or how to get it back, the desktop is stuck in classic mode. I want to continue testing with Unity, i think the classic mode is like gnome.i was/am considering switching all my home systems to Ubuntu and want to see if the wife can get accustom to Linux.New user btw, so please bare with me.FYI I think the wife can get used to Unity since it reminds her of an Android

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Ubuntu :: Unable To Get 9.10 To Play Well With IPod Classic?

Jan 24, 2010

this noob is generally *very* satisfied with Karmic since switching over from XP after a horrendous virus wiped out my laptop. My only problems have been with hardware devices. I'm so far unable to get Ubuntu 9.10 to play well with my iPod Classic. I *do* get an iPod icon on the desktop and can move files to it, but gtkpod will not mount it. Rythmbox sees it, but doesn't move files or playlists to it. The gtkpod 'howto' file says I should have the hotplug pkg installed, and I don't see it listed as installed OR available from Synaptic manager, and my web searches for it usually lead to a deadend 'not avail'. Sorry for the verbage. what I need to know is what files / pkgs need to be installed, how do I know if they are on my system, and where do I find them if they are not? I'm assuming my iPod is not mounted correctly but it could be another issue of course.

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Ubuntu :: Get Classic Menu For 10.04 Lucid System?

Jun 13, 2010

I've installed Lucide Lynx notebook remix on my laptop. But, I don't like the panel that covers the full desktop.

Hence, I would like to see the classic drop-down menu?

How can I get it?

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