How To Roll Your Own 13.04 Ubuntu Gnome Remix


Sweet!  Installation is complete.  Go ahead and reboot, and be prepared to meet your login screen; a bash shell!

Time to restart!
Time to restart!

The final stretch

We’re now gonna install all the packages necessary to get a functional Ubuntu Gnome installation.  A lot of cool surprises are ahead, including many packages late in the 3.7 series.

First, login.  Make sure you are connected to the internet!  We are going to suck down roughly 2gb of packages!

Now that you are logged in, you will want to add the official Gnome 3 PPA, right out of the gate, and upgrade your system while you’re at it.

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

Once that’s finished, you’re ready to get your packages.  Here’s the command that will bring down the whole she-bang.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settings gnome-documents gnome-boxes

And that’s it!  You’re desktop will probably look a lot like mine.


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Man from Mars

    I’ve been playing a lot with minimal installs so I’ve got two questions:
    1) why do you use a server install instead of the regular desktop minimal iso?
    2) is the first “apt-get upgrade” useful? At the end of minimal install all packages are already at the most recent version available in repositories. Are gnome3 ppa’s holding something more “bleeding edge” for the base system?

    • ANIS El Achèche

      You’re absolutely right MfM.. Why using an Ubuntu Server!! You can just use the minimal iso, or using an alternate CD you can choise the minimal installation from “Other options” → F6

  • Henry

    Hey MfM I don’t see any minimal iso’s for 13.04 only 12.10. Where did you get it?

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  • Albin

    Mint in Cinnamon and XFCE has been whupping Ubuntu “proper”, and this looks like a response to please Unity rejectors. I’ll give it a try on regular persistent Live USB, not with some fancy early adopter stunt.

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  • Jeremy Bicha

    Ubuntu GNOME now has official daily builds. See the announcement at

    • Dean Howell

      Jeremy. Thanks for dropping in. We mentioned news of that last night. We probably should have updated this article to reflect that. Great work! We’re really excited that this project is moving forward and that you’re a part of it.

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  • David Hamilton

    Sad to say didn’t work for me kept getting stuck at the format option

  • bigpook

    Good article. Works fine on my test box too.
    FWIW I install ssh during the install process. This allows me to ssh in to the box remotely to finish the install.