GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 12.04

An updated instruction from Replace Unity with gnome-shell on Ubuntu 11.10. In Ubuntu 12.04, there are better support for Unity and GNOME Shell coexists.

1. Install gnome-shell related packages:

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$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell \
gnome-themes-standard \
gnome-sushi \
gnome-contacts \
gnome-tweak-tool

2. Disable strange overlay-scrollbar

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$ export 'export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0' \
> ~/.xprofile

3. Use native notification of GNOME

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$ sudo apt-get install notification-daemon

However, we should check the support of DBus to prevent other issues. Just check if there is ONLY contain notify-osd in the notification service file.

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# vim /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service

If the exec parameter in you file only contains notify-osd, such as: Exec=/usr/lib/…/notify-osd, you should alter it as Exec=/usr/lib/notification-daemon/notification-daemon.

4. Restart Ubuntu and change login session with GNOME. Then enjoy it. 🙂

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