In Ubuntu Oneiric’s universe repository there’s a package gnome-session-fallback that provides classic gnome desktop, but it ugly and uneasy to configure panel.
Now Linux Mint 12 has released. It brings MATE and MGSE.
MATE is a fork of Gnome 2 which is compatible with Gnome 3. Thanks to MATE, you can run both versions of Gnome on the same system
NOTE: MATE is brand new, it’s not completely stable yet, and it’s missing a few parts.
MGSE stands for Mint Gnome Shell Extension, it’s a Gnome 3 desktop with classic Gnome 2 style interface.
Install MATE and MGSE in ubuntu 11.10:
Open up a terminal window and edit the source.list by this command:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
in pop-up gedit window add this line to the end and save it.
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ lisa main upstream import
Now update the source, add the GPG key, and finally update the source again.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install linuxmint-keyring sudo apt-get update
Now MGSE and MATE are available in Ubuntu SoftWare Center. Just search and install mint gnome shell extension and mint-meta-mate
Fix broken packages if installation failed:
I failed to install MATE due to python-desktop-mata package. But MGSE properly installed, previous picture is a screenshot of MGSE.
There’re two broken packages that can be fixed by Synaptic Package Manager.
1.) Install Synaptic by:
sudo apt-get install synaptic
2.)Launch Synaptic Package Manager, find
Custom Filters. Mark to remove broken packages and finally apply the changes.
Fix Ubuntu Software Center doesn’t launch problem and sudo add-apt-repository error:
After installed MGSE and MATE, you may got error while running
sudo add-apt-repository and can’t launch Ubuntu Software Center.
It can be easily fixed by:
sudo gedit /etc/lsb-release
change and make it look like following: