Gnome Classic on Fedora 18


Fedora 18 like the previous Fedora version also ships with Gnome 3. And by default the Gnome 3 interface is not that friendly, at least to me. I really don’t like Gnome 3 that much. I am a Gnome Classic fan. Gnome 3 makes navigating through open application really hard. Windows flying around everywhere. And the new menu does not make is easy to find and run apps.

So if you feel the same way as I do and want to revert to Gnome 2 like interface in Gnome 3 then you are in the right place.

Setting up Gnome Classic on Fedora 18 is very easy. Just follow these steps.

Step One

Open Terminal and type the following:

Step Two

After the install is complete. Type the following

Inside dconf-editor navigate to “org > gnome > desktop > session“. View the screenshot.


Gnome Classic on Fedora 17 dconf editor
Gnome Classic on Fedora 17 dconf editor

Step Three

Change the session-name to gnome-fallback

Set session name to Gnome Fallback
Set session name to Gnome Fallback


You have successfully Setup Gnome Classic on Fedora 18. Now logout of Fedora 18 and then log back in and you should have Gnome Classic on Fedora 18. To revert it back to Gnome 3 default just change the session-name back to gnome.

Note: If you can not change the session-name from your account then first login as root and change the session name and then login to your account and then you will be able to make the changes. Its weird I know but it did happen to me.


  1. there is no need to go through these steps…

    Just press super key (the key that we know a WINDOWS key) and type “details”

    press enter

    when details dialogue box appears, go to Graphics section and switch on the “Forced Fallback Mode”

    logout and then login again.. thats all, u r united with your old gnome classic…

  2. Unfortunately, Fedora Core 19 is using Gnome 3.8. Classic fallback has been replaced by “extensions” that mimic the old functionality.

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