Install Gnome 3.10 on Ubuntu 13.10

Gnome 3.10 is latest and new version of GNOME released on September 2013. Unity comes shipped with Ubuntu 13.10 which is Ubuntu’s default Desktop Environment for some years now. Installing this version Gnome 3.10 on Ubuntu 13.10 has been reported to break Light Display Manager. The most user visible aspect of the display manager is the login screen. Follow the steps outlined below carefully to install the package:

Step 1: Install GDM (Gnome Display Manager)

– From the Terminal console, run the command below. When prompted enter “root” password

[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get install gdm[/code]

– On Configuring gdm screen, press Enter


– Now select “gdm” as the default display manager and press Enter


– Now wait for the packages to be installed


Step 2: Add Gnome3 Next and Gnome3 Staging PPAs

– From terminal, run the following commands

[code language=”js”]# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-next[/code]


[code language=”js”]# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging[/code]


[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get update[/code]


[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get dist-upgrade[/code]


Step 3: Install Gnome Shell and Extentions

– Run the commend to install gnome shell

[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-shell-extensions[/code]


Step 4: Remove Ubuntu Overlay Scrollbars

– Run the command to fix the Black shadow patches on screen

[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar[/code]


Step 5: Reboot machine and Login

– Run command to reboot

[code language=”js”]# sudo reboot[/code]

– After reboot, enter password, click on the gear icon and select either “GNOME” or “GNOME Classic” and click sign-in


GNOME Screen


GNOME Classic Screen


Feel free to share your install experience 🙂

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