Install Classic GNOME Flashback in Ubuntu 16.04 Replacing Unity

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The classic GNOME look is quite popular in all the Ubuntu releases. Here’s how to install in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

Classic GNOME

The popularity of classic GNOME is mainly due to resource intensive default Unity desktop thus some users with old desktops, laptops prefers it. Have a look on how to install the classic GNOME a.k.a “flashback” in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

How to Install Classic GNOME Flashback

  • Open terminal by searching in Unity Dash or Press CTRL+ALT+T
  • Run below command and wait for installation to finish.
  • sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback
  • Save your work and logoff
  • In the login screen click the small white Ubuntu logo (see below)
  • GNOME Classic Options

  • Click the option – GNOME Flashback Metacity
  • GNOME Classic Metacity

  • Give your password and login.

You will be in classic GNOME desktop.

Classic GNOME Running on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus
Classic GNOME Running on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

Panel configurations

Once you are logged in to Classic GNOME, you may want to customize your panel e.g. add new items, move items, modifying panel size etc.

To modify classic GNOME panel, press ALT+Right Click.

Classic GNOME Panel Configuration Menu
Classic GNOME Panel Configuration Menu

You can add, modify items on the panel. If you want to move items inside the panel, press ALT+Right Click on the panel item.

Add To Panel Options - Classic GNOME
Add To Panel Options – Classic GNOME

Drop a comment if you are facing problem installing/using Classic GNOME in Ubuntu.

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