UbuntuGNOME 14.04

Gilles Gravier ggravier at fsfe.org
Fri Apr 18 18:41:29 UTC 2014

So a strange thing happened to me...

During the beta period, I went to what I thought would get me the latest
beta of Ubuntu... But where I went was :
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/trusty/ (which is for
Ubuntu GNOME not for normal Ubuntu). Since I didn't realize it was
different, I downloaded the beta.

And I loved the look. I figured... hey, they're going for touch screens and
all kinds of new things, so the look is changing. I had noticed "Ubuntu
GNOME" written on the login screen... but that's about it. :) I figured it
was just the new 14.04 look.

Then today I updated an Ubuntu 13.10 machine to 14.04 and found it had the
old Ubuntu look in 14.04. So I started trying things out to see why I
didn't get the new look. Tried all I could. Spent a few hours this
afternoon on it... :)

Then I read... and found out that "Ubuntu GNOME" is a separate (yet
official) flavour of Ubuntu : http://ubuntugnome.org/ and that you can
download it from cdimage and their site.

If you haven't tried it, it's definitely worth a look! And if you do, you
can also update a standard ubuntu to Ubuntu GNOME by installing
"ubuntu-gnome-desktop" metapackage, and selecting "gdm" instead of
"lightdm"... and then from the new login screen, selecting "GNOME" as your

Frankly, I can't go back to the "old" Ubuntu look. :)

(Of course it's all a question of taste!)


Gilles Gravier - ggravier at fsfe.org
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