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    Hi, I have a question. In my company, the IT guys installed RHEL8 on some servers. I need to login to one of those. Unfortunately, RHEL8 ships only with Gnome3. I can not work with this UI, I need a classic one. So RHEL8 contains a classic mode for gnome3 (

    Unfortunately, our IT guys don’t know how to make that work. I use NoMachine and I could enter some special command to be executed instead of the standard shell. But I don’t know what RHEL8 does to enable the classic shell. Anyone here an idea how to get that working as regular user without administration rights on the server?


    I’m not sure I understand your problem correctly. Couldn`t you log in to the gnome classic in the login window?

    Are you using a free or license version which offers the creation of virtual desktops, e.g. Terminal Server?

    If you don’t want to run the default desktop environment on the virtual session (in your case – GNOME 3), administrators can change the command for start a new desktop.
    For GNOME classic, they have to set in node.cfg:

    DefaultDesktopCommand “env GNOME_SHELL_SESSION_MODE=classic gnome-session –session gnome-classic”

    All information can be found in this article

    If you don’t have administrator privileges you can run GNOME classic desktop using custom session instead of virtual desktop.
    In the custom session selection window, enter following command:

    env GNOME_SHELL_SESSION_MODE=classic gnome-session –session gnome-classic



    Thanks, that made it.

    We use the enterprise version.

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