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Why does my desktop session preference not follow me from machine to machine?

This setting used to be stored in ~/.dmrc from where it could be read by any machine that the user's home directory was available on. Some developers decided it would better if this per-user setting was not stored in the user's home directory anymore but elsewhere in the file system. As a result this setting is now both per-user and per-machine. If you wish to use a session other than the default GNOME Classic you will need to select it on each machine that you log in to.