4 Things You Should Do Right After Getting Into GNOME 3

One of the best things about Gtk has been the recent upgrades – the GNOME 3 rocks. It brings a fantastic functionality – much inspired from various other areas of UI which we should rather not tell – but otherwise, it’s a wonderful time with Gnome 3.

In Ubuntu, when you login, click on the winch/lever (setting) icon, and select GNOME to get to the Gnome desktop. Otherwise, you’d be sent off to the new Unity dash – which I have begun to detest 😛

Here are top four things I did – and which I think you should too, in case you havent already:

1. Get the Gnome-Tweak-Tool

One of the first things we’d need is to change the theme. (that’s so true at least for me :P)

  • Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open Terminal. (or just open the dash, type ‘terminal’ and hit enter)
  • Paste the following codes:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme

We’ll get to the Gnome-Tweak-Tool later – but you can change themes, change fonts and stuff from the Gnome Tweak Tool (accessible from dash search. The app would appear as Advanced Settings)

2. Try Running the Run Window? Alt+F2 not working? Here’s The Fix for That:

As luck would have it, the Run command shortcut keybinding doesnt work. Alt+F2.

  • Go to the dash, type Keyboard. In the results that come up, there’d be a Keyboard icon (clever, huh?). Click that.

  • Go to the Shortcuts -> System -> now select the ‘Show the run command prompt’ and assign the shortcut.

This will come handy in the next thing we’re about to do.

3. Get That Hibernate Back!

I hibernate my system a lot. My HP is a polar bear when it comes to that 😉 So, when I found there was only Suspend on the User menu, I was a bit shocked. And what’s bad is, you have do a lot of stuff in order to get the hibernate back.

Dont worry though, it’s all simple copy-paste so it’s easy:

Run this code in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu

Open up the GNOME Tweak Tool and in the Shell Extensions tab, switch on Alternative Status Menu Extension.

Now, hit Alt+F2 (see, it came in handy right? :P) and type r and hit enter. You’re system will do something like a restart – but not exactly a restart. It’s the shell restarting. Check the user panel now – chances are, you’ll see the Power off and Hibernate options 😉

4. Go Download Themes!!

Get themes for your new GNOME 3 interface! Head over to Deviantart or see what OMGUbuntu says about GNOME 3 themes. You can easily install them through these steps:

  • Hit Alt+F2. Type ‘gksu nautilus’ and hit return. Enter your admin password. Hit Ctrl+L. Type ‘/usr/share/gnome-shell’ and backup the ‘theme’ folder to someplace safe. (most important step)
  • Now extract the theme you downloaded, and rename the folder to ‘theme’. Paste this into the /usr/share/gnome-shell folder which is open.
  • Again, restart the shell (Alt+F -> type r -> hit enter)
  • If the theme doesnt work properly, you can always switch back to the old theme from the backup. Just replace the new theme folder with the old backup.

 

Thanks to DebianHelp, Billy, OMGUbuntu (who unfortunately seem to be a fan of Unity too :P) and people who read this post 😀

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4 comments on “4 Things You Should Do Right After Getting Into GNOME 3

  1. rakesharr says:

    Hey!! I want this on my laptop, which I’m yet to get anyway!!! 😦

  2. Chandru says:

    :O u still didnt get?

  3. rakesharr says:

    No.. And what say? I get a laptop without an OS and u help me install Ubuntu?

  4. Chandru says:

    that goes like without saying bro 😉 and ubuntu 11.10 it is all the way 😀 😀 seriously, this GNOME 3 stuff is like Mac but with a linux twist 😉 u’ll like it 🙂

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