how to install Gnome 3 on ubuntu 10.10-10.04

GNOME 3, the latest stable version of GNOME Desktop, has released with a lot of changes and improvements. Ubuntu 11.04 has shifted to another default desktop (developed by Canonical, although gnome is installed, and you can select it, in the login window), while 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and 10.04(Lucid Lynx) has gnome by default.

GNOME 3 has completely different look and feel than its predecessor version 2.32. GNOME is the most popular desktop, used by most of the popular Linux Distributions – like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian etc. GNOME also provides some basic applications and utilities. GNOME 3 has been developed from the scratch, so you can expect a lot of features and functionality in the completely new environment.

Due to some innovative features and look, it claims to be ‘The Next Generation Desktop’. On Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 , you can either install it from the command line or synaptic package manager, but be careful before installing it, be ready with a backup (because a lot of people has reported some problems, related to gnome 3 / Ubuntu). You can also download the *.ISO archive from the Gnome’s official website and install it, but officially it says only for Fedora and Open Suse, but I think , the package available for Fedora, might work with Ubuntu.


Features of GNOME 3.0 at a Glance

  • Easier Window Management
  • Create workspaces easily
  • Faster Access to Applications
  • Less distraction during the work
  • Built in Messaging Features
  • charming look and design
  • Deeper hardware integration

Installing GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10

#1 : Open synaptic package manager and add the PPA (Settings -> Repositories -> Other Softwares, then add the PPA given below ) for GNOME 3.



#2 : Then, update the repository packages (using Reload button).

#3 : Now search for gnome 3 package and install it.

From Command Line / Terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop3
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  • Don Carros

    This does not work with Lucid 10.04 as the software repository for Lucid (referenced above) does not exist.

    • Willmsbrt

      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

      • Chris

        Nope, doesn’t work for me.

  • Misel Mesnjak

    It seems that there is a problem with the ppa in the article…
    I get this error message when trying to add this repo:
    “can’t find signing_key_fingerprint at

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  • toto

    I get this error to. Do you have any method? thank you

  • billw

    Failed to fetch ‘’ 404 Not Found

    Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  • Martijn

    Try ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 instead…

    • gescom

      thanks Martijn, it Works.

  • Appie

    Thanks Martijn, it works here to!


    For Lucid not present already… 🙁

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  • Slehars

    not   working

  • Adyone16

    thx brow