Gnome and Unity cohabitation

David Raphaël raphael.david at
Mon Jun 9 13:52:40 UTC 2014

Well thank you for your help. This is exactly the kind of trick I was looking for.
Anyway, I think that all the desktops that are derived from Gnome should not be installed on the same machine in order to avoid any troubles. Unless of course it is possible to split the schemas into subset (one for each desktop). However I do not really know the details.
De : Martin Kelly [martin.kelly-100million at]
Envoyé : vendredi, 6. juin 2014 05:36
À : David Raphaël; ubuntu-gnome at
Objet : RE: Gnome and Unity cohabitation

I use GNOME and Unity together without to many troubles. The trick to it from my experience is not to install the full meta-package of both desktop environment's, cause when you do, I have found that it causes conflicts, issues and sometimes instability. What I mean by this is, that install if you prefer Unity, you should really run Ubuntu first so you have the full Unity experience, then install just the key GNOME Packages for it to run and some of the extras you like.
For example I prefer gnome, so I have only install the unity and ubuntu-session packages with there dependencies.
Another note is if you install Unity & GNOME, DO NOT install Cinnamon unless your very good at unraveling an xorg/ desktop mess. There seems to be massive conflicts when you try installing all 3 at least from my experience. I would make the assumption its due to all being gnome-shell based with similar dependencies.

I realize this isn't exactly what your asking or saying, but hopefully it helps.

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From: David Raphaël<mailto:raphael.david at>
Sent: ‎6/‎06/‎2014 5:28 AM
To: ubuntu-gnome at<mailto:ubuntu-gnome at>
Subject: Gnome and Unity cohabitation

Hello Ubuntu Gnome Team!
Recently, I switched to Ubuntu Gnome from my Ubuntu with Unity. I desire to use it at some ocasion but still want to stay with Unity for most of my work. And there is something that bother me in the sense that it set up Ubuntu Gnome as the default desktop of the OS. What I mean is that all my sessions have the Gnome flag marked as default in lightdm. And I honestly think that the default desktop should never be changed, for the user not to get lost. I know that Gnome is tightly linked with Unity in the sense that they have to share the gconf schemas. So I suppose that installing Gnome overrided the schemas from unity. This schemas sharing also produced some troubles of compatibility between both desktops (for example when changing the windows theme).
So here is my question:
Do you think it would be technically possible to have better separation between the schemas of Gnome and Unity in oder to make them cohabite in a better way?
I think it would be a great improvement for people who want to test Gnome Shell without breaking their Unity desktop.
Thank you and congratulations for your amazing work! Your shell is rock solid! :-)
Raphaël David
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