How to setup Ubuntu 13.10 with a better desktop environment. Better than Unity.

How to setup Ubuntu 13.10 with a proper desktop environment.

I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 and I had to update the package repositories. This is essential to install software.

[email protected]:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get update

After this I could install the initial set of packages to setup my system.

[email protected]:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install me-tv vlc ubuntu-restricted-extras smplayer banshee audacious

Then I installed the Gnome Shell desktop to replace Unity.

[email protected]:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

I also had to install some extra themes and wallpapers to make it even better.

homer@deusvult:~/Documents$ sudo apt-get install mc ubuntu-wallpapers-karmic ubuntu-wallpapers-maverick gnome-themes-extras 
gnome-themes-ubuntu gnome-tweak-tool

Installing the wallpapers from older releases of Ubuntu allows more customisation. This on top of the already attractive Gnome Shell desktop is a bonus.

There are extensions for the Gnome Shell desktop here: https://extensions.gnome.org/.

if you want a cool diversion whilst you are using your Ubuntu deskop; there is a copy of Mario here that you can play in your browser: http://www.fullscreenmario.com/index.html?nochrome. This works well in Firefox.

Another cool feature in Gnome Shell 3.8.4 is the ability to change the background of the lock screen. This is shown below.

Gnome Shell wallpaper selection.
Gnome Shell wallpaper selection.
2 responses to “How to setup Ubuntu 13.10 with a better desktop environment. Better than Unity.

Question……. why didn’t you just install the Ubuntu Gnome flavor from the jump? It has Gnome Shell installed by default, so less work for you. Just wondering.

That is just the ISO I had on hand. If I had downloaded the Gnome flavor I would have used that. I just wanted to show how to install Gnome if you already have the default Unity desktop installed.

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