After installing Ubuntu 12.10, I got annoyed by the amount of unneeded software installed, especially the commercial lenses, offering me to buy something for every program I want to launch.
I tried Unity for about two weeks, until I decided I have to change to something else.
I used Gnome 3 with Fedora for a while before, and I really like the native multiscreen support available, that allows you to have a second monitor that doesn’t change when you switch workspace. I missed the diagonal workspace switches from Gnome 2 (and Unity), but it was a pleasant desktop.
About two monts ago I noticed the Ubuntu Minimal CD, which is a bare boned text only installation, which is similar to the Ubuntu Server installation, just with less packages.
I decided I’d try to “Arch”-up a bare boned Ubuntu installation with the Mini CD, using Gnome 3 as desktop.
Installing it is a breeze, after some next next wizard that’s to similar to the Ubuntu server to write about, I had a text based distro up and running.
One small caveat though, defining Wifi during the installation sucks, do install it while plugged in to an ethernet connection..
Before installing the GUI, I enabled the Gnome 3 PPA, to be up to date with the latest Gnome 3.6 packages held back by Ubuntu:
#Preparing Gnome 3 PPA sudo apt-get install -y python-software-properties software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 sudo apt-get update -y && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y && sudo apt-get autoremove -y
Then you need to edit
/etc/network/interfaces and disable your eth0 connection (Will be managed by Gnome Network), just remember NOT to restart the networking service..
Install the following to get Gnome 3 up and running:
#Installing Gnome 3 Components sudo apt-get install -y gnome-shell gnome-network-admin gnome-terminal \ gnome-alsamixer gnome-bluetooth gnome-tweak-tool network-manager-gnome \ file-roller #add your stuff here like git tmux vim-gnome..
And you’re good to go, with a snappy non bloated desktop available.
If you want some extra default apps, you can add
--install-suggests to the
apt-get command, but it’s not needed.
Boot it up by running:
#Starting Gnome 3 sudo service gdm start
Enjoy and prosper!