I’ve been using Ubuntu as my primary operating system for a couple of years now, but choose to support the default Unity shell which has recently been announced to be ending.
This guide documents the simple steps I’ve taken to install GNOME without reinstalling Ubuntu.
To install GNOME itself:
sudo apt install gnome gnome-shell
During the installation, it will ask a couple of questions. I recommend selecting the default answers.
To customise mine:
Following the installation above, you will need to Log Out, or reboot, and select “GNOME” from the list of available shells on the login screen.
I then add extensions by visiting the GNOME extensions site below (you maybe asked to install a browser extension to enable the page to integration with the shell).
I recommend installing and enabling:
Activities Configurator by nls1729
AlternateTab by fmuellner
Applications Menu by fmuellner
Dash to Dock by michele_g
Freon by UshakovVasilii
Places Status Indicator by fmuellner
I make the following tweaks, to make the extensions provide the look and feel I’m after.
Using the Tweak Tool application, then selecting “Extensions”, I choose the cog icon to edit extensions as appropriate:
Hide icon = ON
Set Panel Background = Choose a dark grey
Panel Transparency = 50
Dash to Dock
Position on screen = Bottom
Appearance->Opacity = ON – 30%
I prefer to use the themes below. Download them:
sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme
Then use the Tweak Tool to select (in Appearance tab):
GTK+ = Numix
Icons = Numix
Cursor = Adwaita
Done. What do you think?