How to Install the Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 15.04


In this article, i am going to explain the installation steps of Gnome Classic Desktop in Ubuntu 15.04.

Why Gnome Classic Desktop theme is so popular?

The Gnome classic desktop is easy to use and Most of Linux professional use Gnome desktops from the time when they start learning Linux. For the same look and feel around 80% of Linux professionals want to use Gnome classic theme.

Note: For most of Ubuntu versions same steps will work except step 3. I am using Ubuntu 15.04 for this article.

Step 1: Now Open Terminal to run commands. Basically there are two ways to open Terminal in Ubuntu.

a. Press keys  Ctrl + Alt + T to open a Terminal window in Ubuntu.

b. You can also open terminal by clicking on “Search your computer and Online Resources” button & type word Terminal. You will see the icon of terminal. Now click on that terminal icon to open Terminal as shown in below image.



Step 2: Now update the repository of Ubuntu software by following command as shown below.

$ sudo apt-get update

Type your password when you will asked for password to complete above command and press Enter.

Step 3: Now install the Gnome required packages.

For Ubuntu 15.04, You have to install the package “gnome-session-flashback” & for Older versions of Ubuntu’s you have to install “gnome-session-fallback” package.

Use following command to install gnome-session-flashback package.

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback

gnome-session-fallbackWhen you will asked to install this package, you have to press Y.

Step 4: Logout from your account and login again as shown in images below.

Now click on the Ubuntu icon as shown in below image.


Now you will see there is 2 new Gnome desktops (GNOME Flashback Combiz & GNOME Flashback Matacity) have installed on your system. I have Select GNOME Flashback matacity as shown in below image.


Now login to your New Gnome Classic Desktop. You should get following type of look and feel of your desktop.


Now enjoy working in Gnome Classic theme on Ubuntu 15.04.

This article is posted by Mr. Parveen Kumar (