How to install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10

A lot of Gnome Shell fans have been waiting to install Gnome Shell 3.2 in Ubuntu 11.10, which they could not do in Ubuntu 11.04 due to a compatibility issues. Gnome Shell works wonderfully in the new Ubuntu release and I am sure a lot of you will fall in love with the interface.
I will provide a quick, technical way to install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10. Although the basic packages are available in the Ubuntu repositories, after installation, I found them to be either broken or unresponsive. So, I have compiled a few steps to make the Gnome Shell installation as smooth as possible.
By the way, I would recommend everyone to use the terminal as it reduces the work of installation by more than 50%.

1. Install a few extra repositories:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3

2. Update the repositories
sudo apt-get update
3. Install the packages

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-tweak-tool synaptic gnome-shell-extensions* gnome-sushi gnome-documents gnome-contacts evolution 

4. Logout 

5. Select Gnome from the login menu, enter your password and login to a brand new Gnome Shell interface.

Gnome Shell in Ubuntu 11.10


One might question the requirement of evolution and gnome-contacts, sushi and documents. Let me tell you, these applications are required to make the full use of online accounts feature present in Gnome 3.2
6. Activate the extensions from gnome-tweak tool. The application is installed with the name Advanced Settings. Go to Shell Extensions and drag the buttons to turn on/off extension. Pretty cool!!
Gnome Teak tool interface

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