Ubuntu – How to revert unity and remove gnome desktop


I just installed gnome in Ubuntu 13.10 following this article at www.omgubuntu.co.uk

After reboot , weird things started happening :

  • Gnome desktop always crashes (hang and unusable)
  • no mouse cursor in unity and login window
  • Mouse scrool act opposite
  • wallpaper is now gone ! Even applying new pic as wallpaper didn't solve
  • horrible graphics

I am new to Ubuntu and now I don't know how to revert old unity and remove gnome !

How can I solve this?

Answer as simple as you can .

Best Answer

If GUI is troubling you, login through CLI(Ctrl+Alt+F1)

Check if ppa-purge package is installed or not.


dpkg -l | grep ppa-purge

If it returns the value, ppa-purge is installed. If not, install it as follows;

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

After that run the following commands;

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo apt-get remove gnome-shell ubuntu-gnome-desktop

Reboot system and login through Unity.

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