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How to log in to Gnome Classic by default?

asked 2013-09-01 15:22:29 -0500

matt-hickford gravatar image

updated 2013-09-03 06:06:40 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

I want to boot into Gnome Classic every time. The manual method in is tedious. Can I do it automatically?

Edit: i am using fedora 19

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I know this is a little off topic, have you explored Mate Desktop? I used to use Gnome 2 till it was removed, now I have been using Mate ever since.

chrisroberts gravatar imagechrisroberts ( 2013-09-05 02:04:42 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-09-01 17:36:25 -0500

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It would help if you gave us the version of Fedora you were using.

I'm using Fedora 19, and after installing gnome-classic-session, I logged into gnome-classic mode via the GDM and the next time, it was selected by default. I even tried to reboot my system, and the automatic login logged me into the Gnome classic session.

FYI: It seems that the Gnome team understand that can't force their powerusers to change their habits in the name of their UI overhaul. As of Gnome Shell 3.8, Gnome Classic Mode is basically a collection of extensions that give you the Gnome 2 look and feel. You can pick and chose what extensions to enable via gnome-tweak-tools or

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Yes, GDM should remember what your last log-in session type was, and default to that until explicitly changed. If it doesn’t then something is wrong.

Gareth Jones gravatar imageGareth Jones ( 2013-09-02 09:59:25 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-12-26 10:49:23 -0500

I found the gnome classic mode of Gnome 3 unusable. Tried for about an hour to do the most basic operations, couldn't get close. Kudos to the Gnome 3 group for making an interface for the masses. It looks beautiful. It works great for beginners and people addicted to eye candy, but just isn't usable for hacks like me.

If you want the real Gnome desktop from days gone by, do this as root:

yum install @mate

Then log out, log in again. When you are prompted for the password, click the settings icon that looks like a gear and select Mate.

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