GNOME 3.8 introduces the classic mode:

Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions.

Fedora 19 is shipped with GNOME 3.8 but it does not come standard with Fedora. This tutorial introduces how to enable and use GNOME classic mode in Fedora.

Install the gnome-classic-session package

The needed package gnome-classic-session is not installed by default. Let’s install it using yum:

# yum install gnome-classic-session

Use the classic mode of GNOME

Select the “classic mode” for the “Session…” in the login manager and GNOME will start in the classic mode.

Screenshots of GNOME classic mode in Fedora 19

2 screenshots of GNOME in the classic mode in Fedora 19.



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