Restoring the old gnome desktop

Mika Suomalainen mika.henrik.mainio at
Sat Apr 28 17:38:00 UTC 2012

On 28.04.2012 20:25, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 26 April 2012 18:25, Bill Stanley <bstanle at> wrote:
>> On 04/26/2012 12:26 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
>> < snip >
>>> You've clearly not tried Unity on a small monitor :)
>> That's my point entirely!  Unity does have a place on a small monitor but
>> it's not too good on a large monitor where there is plenty of desktop.  The
>> large icons look HUGE on a large monitor for one.  On a tablet I think Unity
>> would look and work fine.  All I am objecting to is forcing people to use it
>> (especially on large monitors).
> Unity works *extremely* well on a large monitor. I use it on a
> 3200*1200 desktop and it's lovely.
> I am not saying that you have to like it - you don't; your opinions
> are your own - but please don't fling around blanket statements along
> the lines of "it doesn't work" or "it's no good on a large monitor".
> It was not Ubuntu's choice to drop GNOME 2. GNOME 2 is dead and gone;
> the GNOME Foundation have moved on to GNOME 3, which is radically
> different and far less like classic GNOME than Unity is.
> With GNOME 2 dead and its replacement being controversial, Ubuntu went
> for something else. Don't blame them; they had to do something.
> I advise you to read up on Unity, install one of the wallpapers that
> reminds you what the keystrokes and techniques are, and give it a few
> weeks.
> If after that you are still unhappy, try Xubuntu or Lubuntu, or
> install GNOME 3 and pick "fallback mode" from the login screen.

GNOME2 might be dead, but it has forks which are alive.
I moved to MATE yesterday and it's just like how GNOME 2. The only
differences which I see are only MATE logo instead of that feet of GNOME
and some programs have different names, for example Nautilus is Caja and
System menu has button "About MATE" instead of "About GNOME". You might
want to try it.


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