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To install GNOME 3 open a Terminal window (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and copy+paste the following lines:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome3-session
Please note that the ppa is outdated but still working. When GNOME 3 is installed log out and change to GNOME session (bottom panel) and log back in again.
GNOME 3 Homepage
For GNOME 3, the GNOME Project has started from scratch and created a completely new, modern desktop designed for today’s users and technologies. Here are some of the things that you can expect from the new GNOME:
Access apps faster
Easier window management
Deeper hardware integration
App-based window management
GNOME’s new desktop takes elegance to a new level. We’ve swept away the clutter and made a simple and easy-to-use desktop, and we’ve made this the most beautiful GNOME desktop ever, with a new visual theme, a refined new font and carefully crafted animations.
An overview at a glance
The activities view provides an easy way to access all your windows and applications. It is also a great way to keep track of all your activities. We have provided several fast and convenient ways to access the activities view, including the activities keyboard key (often known as the Windows key) and the activities hot corner.
Communication is an important part of the modern desktop, but it’s a hassle when you have to switch windows to reply to a message. That’s why GNOME 3 will let you continue your conversations without changing focus. The ability to enter a reply straight into messaging notifications makes instant messaging quick and effortless.
GNOME 3 is designed to reduce distraction and interruption and to put you in control. Our new notifications system subtly presents messages and will save them until you are ready for them, and the GNOME 3 panel has been styled so that it is part of the background, not the foreground. These changes allow you to focus on your creative tasks.
Everything at your fingertips
With the new GNOME desktop, everything can be quickly accessed from the keyboard. Press the activities key and search: it’s as simple as that. You’ll love this feature if you’re a user who likes things to happen fast.
Redesigned system settings
Our system settings have been completely redesigned for GNOME 3, making them easier to use than ever before. GNOME 3 also provides a new way to browse your settings, and our settings categories have been reorganised, making it quick and straightforward to find the setting that you want.
And much, much more
GNOME 3 is crammed full of new features. Here are some of the other things that you can look forward to from GNOME 3:
Side-by-side window tiling to make using several windows simple and easy
A redesigned file manager
Redesigned workspaces so you can easily organise your windows
Major changes under the hood to give you a faster, smoother experience
A satisfying experience, whatever kind of computer you use: GNOME 3 will feel right at home on netbooks as well as larger machines.