Install Ubuntu Gnome on Ubuntu MATE

Tim darkxst at
Thu Dec 24 21:48:03 UTC 2015

On 24/12/15 22:41, Akshit Sharma wrote:
> Hi,
> A week ago, I installed MATE desktop environment on my Ubuntu 14.04.03 LTS and removed unity and ubuntu-desktop. I also wanted to install
> Gnome DE and so began my adventure.
> Things I did:
> sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
> sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop
Just running:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop^
then select gdm (when asked to select a display manager)
should be enough to pull in all required dependencies, not tried that in combination with  MATE but should be ok.
> Logging into GNOME just gave me a stuck screen with no mouse or keyboard working. Some more research led me to completely removing
> ubuntu-gnome-desktop and gnome-shell, and adding  gnome3 staging and gnome3 repo and performing a dist-upgrade.
Does gnome-shell start? do you see the top bar UI? Anyways it probably best not to use the gnome3-staging and ricotz ppa's at this stage for
14.04, since they likely won't receive further updates/bug fixes.
> Again, I got the same result. I added Ricotz (Don't remember the name) testing repo and dist-upgrading again.
> I was greeted with the same stuck screen which came up with a popup message to upgrade to 15.04 with mouse, keyboard etc  working to select
> the options in the popup.
I have no idea what this popup is, it certainly shouldnt ask you to upgrade to 15.04, the only supported upgrade path from 14.04 is to 16.04
(not released yet though)
> I checked and saw that I did not have mutter.
that should be pulled in by ubuntu-gnome-desktop, perhaps there were errors when you run those apt-get comands?
> Insatlled mutter and I am still stuck on the same popup message which has a nicer look, possibly due to mutter.
> I really want to test GNOME but just cannot get it running on my machine.
> Any help would be appreciated.
Can't do much without logs, if gnome-shell actaully starts then ~/.cache/upstart/gnome-session-GNOME.log would be useful.
> I don't know if this is the right place to ask, but I thought I should give it a try.
> Looking forward to a positive reply
> Thanks
> Akshit

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