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Old 07-30-2013, 03:36 AM   #1
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12.04 LTS - Too "user friendly" - can't find anything, even terminal


Hi All,

Having used Ubuntu often in the past I was rather horrified to install it and NOT EVEN be able to find the terminal!

Is there any way to make it a bit more "old-style" for someone who actually uses the terminal not buttons? I hate this fat bar on the side. Maybe like it used to be back in 2005 or so?!

If not, is there another distribution you'd recommend? I'm using the current LTS for Fedora at work which isn't too bad.

Cheers
 
Old 07-30-2013, 04:56 AM   #2
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Alt+F2
gnome-terminal

then use apt-get to install synaptic

synaptic-pkexec , and install an alternative desktop environment, like mate or kde4? up to you.

Alternatively add linux mint's cinnamon PPA ( see downloads at http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/ )
 
Old 07-30-2013, 06:23 AM   #3
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It is SO EASY to find ANYTHING in Ubuntu's new Unity interface. I don't like Ubuntu much, but I have to confess I LOVED Unity once I gave it a fair chance.

All you do is tap the Super (Windows) key and type a few letters of what you're looking for. So type Super, T-E-R-M... and look, there's the terminal!

If you prefer keyboard shortcuts then I believe it's Ctrl+Alt+T.

I currently use Xfce desktop, which I find to be quite lightweight and user-friendly.
 
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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I found this suggestion at the Ubuntu site some time ago if you want to go back to gnome, never tried it:

Quote:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
 
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:05 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone! I shall have a look at some of the suggestions this evening and see what suits me best.

I found my terminal before anyone replied (not sure how I did it, I couldn't do it again) so it is in my recent items. I did grow to appreciate the bar in the end as I was able to swap between the terminal, text editor and internet really easily and I felt it was better suited to working on a wide-screen laptop so we'll see how it goes!

I love the look of Cinnamon.

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Old 07-31-2013, 09:52 AM   #6
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Click the dash home (ubuntu icon in upper left of Desktop) and it opens with a Search box. Just type terminal. Hold down the Ctrl+Alt+t keys simultaneously to open a terminal.
 
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Just install Ubuntu Gnome 12.04 and use Gnome Classic.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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For the "fat bar on the side", go to system settings->appearance and open the behavior tab. Select auto-hide launcher, then set the reveal sensitivity to high.
 
Old 08-16-2013, 08:43 AM   #9
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Hi All,

Having used Ubuntu often in the past I was rather horrified to install it and NOT EVEN be able to find the terminal!

Is there any way to make it a bit more "old-style" for someone who actually uses the terminal not buttons? I hate this fat bar on the side. Maybe like it used to be back in 2005 or so?!

If not, is there another distribution you'd recommend? I'm using the current LTS for Fedora at work which isn't too bad.

Cheers
To add my voice to the others, I didn't like Unity at all - and I truly did give it a fair shake - which is why I now use Xubuntu. I've always sorta liked xfce, so this made sense for me and still does.

HTH,
-Ray
 
Old 08-18-2013, 06:26 AM   #10
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I found the following instuction very helpful

To install GNOME Classic:

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

After installing,select GNOME Classic from a drop-down list on the main login panel, just prior to logging in.

Simple then it looks like 10.04

http://www.osnews.com/story/26192

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Old 08-19-2013, 02:05 AM   #11
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I love the look of Cinnamon.
There's a link to instructions to install Gnome and/or Cinnamon in post 13 of this thread.
 
Old 08-19-2013, 06:48 AM   #12
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To summarize (for those who actually want to use Unity):

Alt+F2, then start typing gnome-terminal.

Or:

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Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
All you do is tap the Super (Windows) key and type a few letters of what you're looking for. So type Super, T-E-R-M... and look, there's the terminal!
Or:

Quote:
Originally Posted by yancek View Post
Click the dash home (ubuntu icon in upper left of Desktop) and it opens with a Search box. Just type terminal.
Or:

Quote:
Originally Posted by yancek View Post
Hold down the Ctrl+Alt+t keys simultaneously to open a terminal.
Wow, at least four different ways, right there.

Once the terminal's open, you can right-click on its launcher button and click "Lock to Launcher" and the button will be there for you to quickly open the terminal next time.

For those who will take the time, a few simple web searches will bring up lots of information on how to use Unity. It's actually quite nice, in my opinion. Others will disagree and install a different distro, or simply install a different DE or shell... Oh, well, whatever works.
 
  


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