I tried installing GNOME packages to Ubuntu 14.04(unity). I used these codes.

sudo apt-get install gdm

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

sudo apt-get install gnome-weather gnome-music gnome-maps cheese gnome-documents

That did not do well, So i removed them completely using

sudo apt-get remove gdm

sudo apt-get remove gnome-shell

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-gnome-desktop

And now i am not able to change my desktop wallpaper.A right click on desktop is not working. I think it removed the necessary packages of Unity also .Even the login screen display has not changed from GNOME style to Unity style. Is there a way to regain the original Ubuntu unity style?

  • I have the exact same issue after installing then uninstalling gnome. Did you ever come up with a solution?
    – aw04
    Jan 5, 2015 at 1:50

2 Answers 2


Try this, it works for me:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.background active true

However this case fits more to AskUbuntu, and almost indentical one has been answered: Desktop shows a white or black background instead of wallpapers (the solution above comes from there).

I had tried to comment your question but I have been unable to do it by lack of 50 reputations.


To reinstall Unity (default for Ubuntu) you can type in your terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

After a reboot you should be able to choose a wallpaper again.

  • It did not work. I still face the same problem
    – Aravind S
    Oct 2, 2014 at 16:14

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