Using Fedora 15 (Lovelock) GNOME 3 and Fallback Mode

One of the most significant changes in Fedora 15 (Lovelock) is the introduction of GNOME 3.  The new interface looks nicer and cleaner, as shown below:

The system setting is hide under the user name.

Windows (Formerly desktop workspace) and Applications hide under “Activities” on the top left hand corner. For “Places” you need to launch file manager.

According to Fedora website, most PC supports GNOME3. However, if your system hardware does not support GNOME 3, it will run GNOME 3 fallback mode which has the looks and appearance of older GNOME.

Some of the user still prefers the older looks because it requires less click. There are pros and cons of both type of interface.



  • Screen looks cleaner and slicker.


  • The workspace and shortcuts hides under the “Activities” menu. Extra click is require to launch your favorites.

GNOME 3 Fallback Mode


  • Your workspace and shortcuts are one click away.


  • The desktop looks more messy if you have created many shortcuts on the top bar.

Set GNOME 3 Fallback Mode as Default

For those who prefer to use the older looks of GNOME, you can force the system to run GNOME in Fallback mode.

Method 1

  • Select your username >> System Settings
  • Select System Info
  • Select Graphics (as shown) and set “Forced Fallback Mode” to ON

Method 2

  • Use the following command (single line):
$GSETTINGS_BACKEND=dconf gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.session session-name 
  • Logout from GNOME and login again

Additional Changes

  • Please note that regardless of which mode you are running, anything you place in the desktop folder will not appear in your desktop anymore.
  • To activate shutdown option, you need to click your username+Alt. The “Shutdown” option will replace “Suspend”.

Finally, I would like to note that I am still exploring GNOME 3. Your feedback is appreciated if I’ve made any errors. You can checkout the GNOME shell cheat sheet from here.


3 Responses to Using Fedora 15 (Lovelock) GNOME 3 and Fallback Mode

  1. pawank says:

    Thanks for a nice quick startup guide for G3.
    I am having multiple workspace with different applications running on them. I do not want to see all of them in ‘Alt-Tab’ command. They should appear only in their respective workspace. Can I do that?


    • technozeal says:

      You have to set GNOME 3 to the fallback mode in order to achieve what you want.

  2. Spencer says:

    Thanks for the post.. This pointed me in the right direction.

    With regard to one of your last statements: (“Please note that regardless of which mode you are running, anything you place in the desktop folder will not appear in your desktop anymore.”),

    I found a good way to fix this.. Download the gnome tweak tool:

    (i.e yum install gnome-tweak-tool)

    Then run gnome-tweak-tool in a terminal (not as root), and you will be able to change this and many other settings. I was happy to see a gnome2-like desktop when I was finished : )

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