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Starting with GNOME 3.8 Fallback is dead. Long live classic mode. Built with GNOME 3 technologies. Built as a set of extensions: each can be installed individually from, and as a whole from distribution packages. Classic mode extensions are as supported as the core experience. Can be further tweaked from the extension config app. Classic mode is: application menu, task bar, traditional look, window list and more.


If running from the Live Image, first create a password for the live user: passwd. Log out, then select the liveuser account in GDM. You should now be able to select a 'GNOME Classic' session at the password prompt.

Make sure you have Package-x-generic-16.pnggnome-classic-session installed if not on LiveCD.

How to test

  1. In GDM see the session list. Log-in and log-out back to GDM and see the list again.
  2. Check that choosing 'classic mode' in the gdm session chooser works as expected and is remembered
  3. Check that the application menu shows favorites and categories that match the GNOME shell overview
  4. Check that windows have minimize and maximize buttons (Except windows with a headerbar, as of 3.10)
  5. Check that nautilus shows icons on the desktop (Note: If the Tweak Tool is installed, this could be overridden regardless of being in classic mode)
  6. Check that the taskbar can be used to restore minimized windows
  7. Check that Alt-Tab shows windows instead of applications
  8. Test the interaction between the taskbar, the message tray and the on-screen keyboard

Expected Results

Please file a bug for any obviously mistaken behavior during a general exploratory testing of the Classic Mode.