New releases of Ubuntu are using a new desktop environment, which is something not every user is accepting. Although it’s very useful for non-experienced computer users, it will be annoying to others. Getting the old GNOME back is rather simple.
- Open the Terminal (click on the Dash icon, the upper icon in the list on the left) and start entering the word ‘terminal’ until it appears.
- Install GNOME by entering: sudo apt-get install gnome
- A new screen should appear after downloading the files, asking about the default window manager. You should choose ‘GDM’ here.
- After the installation is complete, reboot the system.
- When the login window appears, change the window manager from ‘Ubuntu’ to ‘GNOME Classic’ in the drop-down window.
- After logging in, open a terminal window and enter sudo apt-get purge ubuntu-desktop.
The classic GNOME desktop is now the default, and the new Ubuntu desktop has been removed.