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Yesterday my gnome panel looked like this one.

I restart the computer and (apparently this enabled some update) and now it looks like this.

Which (in my opinion) is terrible because is missing a lot a features present in the old one, like Ethernet/3G network connection configuration/status, bluetooth configuration/status, etc.

How can I change back to the old one?

PS:I'm using Arch Linux.

PS2: I'm hopping I can do this without rolling back gnome (some sort configuration file or something like that)

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You'll have to roll-back gnome. Before uninstalling gnome, you'd better read Arch page on rolling back packages. If I were you, I would print this page.

Then, I would search for the earlier version of gnome that you would like to install, and I would procede with disinstallation only if I could really find the version I like. The Web page mentions strategies to find older packages. The simplest one is to search for the older package on your own machine, hoping you did not clean up your system too often. You can check this against the currently installed version, which you identify by means of

sudo pacman -Qs kde

Then I would download (if need be) the version of gnome you wish to re-install, without installing it. Then I'd go to a term (Ctrl+Alt+F1), and now procede to uninstall gnome and gnome-extra:

sudo pacman -R gnome gnome-extra 

This saves the configuration files with a .pacsave extension, unless you use the --no-save option to pacman, in which case everything will be discarded.

Just for added safety, I would list the surviving gnome packages,

sudo pacman -Qs | grep gnome

and take note of their names (first), and then remove them.

At this point you should have a clean slate, and you may re-install the older gnome version.

The last thing to do is to persuade your pacman to skip updates of gnome. You do that by editing the /etc/pacman.conf file, and adding the following line:

IgnorePkg = gnome gnome-extra
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I was hopping for some configuration, rolling back is a bit brutal –  RSFalcon7 Oct 14 '13 at 10:23

The look and feel of your desktop is controlled by which Window Manager you are using. Arch Linux supports a wide variety of Window Managers.. I'd recommend trying to use MetaCity because it is likely similar to whatever you were using before.

I've never used arch linux specifically, but in most linux distributions you can install a new window manager and then log in screen will give you an option of choosing that window manager when you log in.

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This isn't a answer to question. –  RSFalcon7 Oct 14 '13 at 13:07
I'm suggesting that you switch to a different window manager that looks more like what you are used to. –  Stephen Ostermiller Oct 14 '13 at 17:05

When a feature is present differently than in the previous version, it doesn't mean it's missing. You should check all the active elements in the top right corner for the supposedly missing functionality and see whether it's actually missing. Notably the user menu in the very corner may have taken over some of the elements.

You'd better get used to Gnome folks changing stuff all the time for better or worse, or move away to some other option. I don't think they will change themselves ;).

NetworkManager (feel free to add back the tag if you were indeed interested in that) is a system daemon. How it is presented in Gnome 3 is another thing. You should also distinguish Gnome Shell's NetworkManager applet (called network-indicator and Gnome Control Center networking module that is usually launched from the applet.

You can always run gnome-control-center separately or you can run the original nm-connection-editor tool if in doubt. When some option disappeared for you, it may have various reasons, for example Bluez 5 integration in NetworkManager is far from finished but AFAIK Blues 5 is actively promoted by Gnome 3.8 developers.

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the screenshots are not from my computer, I'm comparing only the upper right panel, which does miss a lot a features compared to the old one –  RSFalcon7 Oct 15 '13 at 9:51
@RSFalcon7 As I said, it most probably doesn't miss any features, as the Gnome folks moved a couple of things under the user menu. You should verify carefully whether you miss features or icons. –  Pavel Šimerda Oct 15 '13 at 9:54
from my perspective, if I can't find a feature it means it is missing. Even tough it can be available in the menu (I couldn't find the 3G modem configurator, despite the documentation of the NetworkManager claims to configure it) –  RSFalcon7 Oct 15 '13 at 18:27
@RSFalcon7 If it's available in the menu, it's not missing. NetworkManager is a system daemon and its documentation doesn't (and cannot!) cover Gnome at all. –  Pavel Šimerda Oct 15 '13 at 19:28
I only mean that the package is still installed, and therefore it is probably still available through some CLI –  RSFalcon7 Oct 15 '13 at 23:48

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