Gnome 3 via PPA with Ubuntu 11.04

If you have Ubuntu 11.04, you can install Gnome 3 using the following commands from the terminal (thanks to for the info):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now, every time I’ve tried this, Gnome 3 is already installed after these 3 lines. However,’s post lists a 4th line, which you can try if the above 3 don’t do the trick:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Some other tweaks
Here are some things I had to do to get it working right on my laptop (Compaq Presario CQ-56 115DX w/ ATi Radeon Mobility 4200). I was getting graphical corruption when using the fglrx drivers, so in order to revert back to the open source drivers, I did this:

sudo apt-get remove fglrx
sudo rm -f /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Also, when I installed via PPA, the theme didn’t look right… Looked like something straight out of Windows 95. To fix things, I did the following:

Install Half-Left’s Gnome 3 Shell theme, “Elementary”:

Install Half-Left’s “Adwaita Improved” window theme:

I also made some tweaks to the gnome-shell.css file that comes with the Elementary theme. I did that by typing the following into the terminal:

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css

I’m not a big fan of large or bold fonts for a UI, so I just set all bold fonts to normal font-weight, and set the sizes to 8pt.


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