How to Uninstall GNOME 3 and reinstall Unity in Ubuntu 11.04


Ubuntu 11.04 has Unity as default desktop environment.It has some new and surprising features .But as we all know that the previous version of Ubuntu was using GNOME 2, which was also cool.It was simple and sophisticated.But then comes GNOME 3 which is awesome while using.GNOME 3 has been developed from the scratch and the developer of GNOME 3 calls it the Next Generation Desktop.So i told you how you can Install and use GNOME 3 on your newly arrived Ubuntu 11.04.As it works well on the OpenSUSE and some other Operating System.

But it seems there is a problem in using the GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 11.04.Many of the user has complained that there is a problem after installing GNOME 3.As you will lose your unity desktop and also you will not get the original functionality of GNOME 3 such as themes etc.So in this post i will tell you how to recover your unity desktop back and uninstall the GNOME 3.After this you will again be able to use Ubuntu 11.04 with Unity.


How to Uninstall GNOME 3

Open the terminal and just run the following Command.It will uninstall the GNOME 3

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Now update your Ubuntu either by Update Manager or Running the following command in the terminal

sudo apt-get update

Reinstall unity

Type the following command to reinstall the Unity.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Enjoy again using Unity with Ubuntu 11.04.If it is not working then let me know.So that i will search for another Options.Thanks !!


  1. It worked after installing ppa-purge. “sudo apt-get install ppa-purge”

    Everything is like before, thanks!

  2. Whew, what a relief! Thank you for the post!

  3. installing gnome 3 on my ubuntu 11.04 lead to undesired results. gnome 3 could not be started and the “ubuntu classic” (non-unity) option was gone from the list of available window managers. when i launched unity a lot of settings were changed (e.g. touchpad tapping was disabled).

    following this howto helped me to restore my old system again. thank you very much.

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