A quick guide on how to install the good old Classic GNOME Flashback in the latest Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
GNOME Flashback is a lightweight version of the GNOME 3 shell that uses the layout and underlying technology of GNOME 2. It is faster and less CPU intensive and does not use any 3D acceleration which makes it perfect for older hardware, old PCs.
With the release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS which comes with the latest GNOME DE 3.36, it might sometimes necessary to look at the alternatives which are less CPU, memory intensive.
GNOME Flashback (Metacity) fills that gap.
Features of Classic GNOME Flashback
Here is a quick look at GNOME Flashback (Metacity), before you install. (instruction at the end).
After installing the GNOME Flashback (Metacity), at the Ubuntu 20.04 login prompt, you can see the option of logging in to GNOME Flashback. Select it and provide your credentials and log in.
When you first log in to GNOME Flashback Metacity, you would be greeted with a nice and clean interface with an old application menu categorized with items.
At the top left, the application menu is available. System notifications, icons are available at the top right section of the top panel.
The bottom panel is available with the options of available windows, workspace switchers.
There are lots of utility applets available which you can add to the panel for quick access of the applications/functionalities.
The panels also can be modified with options such as auto-hide, size modifications, background colors, etc. Pressing ALT+Right click on the panel opens up the context menu for properties dialog.
If you want to give it a try, here’s how you can download it.
To download and install classic GNOME Flashback (metacity) in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, follow below commands via terminal:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-session-flashback
After installation, reboot. In the login prompt, choose GNOME Flashback (Metacity).