Bypass the Unity UI Altogether in Ubuntu 11.10 with the GNOME Shell Remix

By Akemi Iwaya on October 26th, 2011

Are you less than pleased with Unity but want to keep using Ubuntu without switching to KDE, XFCE, or LXDE? Then you may want to take a closer look at the GNOME Shell Remix of Ubuntu 11.10.

The switch to the new Unity UI this year has created quite a stir among Ubuntu enthusiasts…some love it and others hate it. If you fall into the latter category then this particular remix may be just what you are looking for.

The Remix is set up with GNOME Shell 3.2 and gets you right into the latest Ubuntu goodness without any of the Unity UI components to deal with. You have the option to use the new GNOME 3 style desktop (shown above) or can go with the Classic style desktop (shown below) if you prefer the more traditional look.

Note: Just press the Alt Key and Right Click on the upper and/or lower Taskbars to add items just like in GNOME 2.

Important Note: You will not be able to upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu when using this remix. You will have to do a full install once the next Ubuntu release is available. This is due to the Remix being an unofficial release.

Download Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix Note: 32 and 64 bit versions available (ISO files are 836.6 – 854.0 MB in size).

View the Release Notes Note: You should take a few moments to look over the Release Notes for the Remix.

Visit the Ubuntu GNOME Shell Remix Homepage

[via Softpedia]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/26/11
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