The Unity desktop is available to the majority of Linux users. Here you can learn how to install the Unity desktop shell on your Linux system.
You can also learn all about the most important packages used by the Unity desktop. You will also see many of the extra toys that you can install on the side.
Unity Desktop Installation
So lets get to it and learn the many ways that you can get your hands on the Unity desktop shell.
The best choice for most users is simply to download and install the latest version of the popular Ubuntu distribution which features the Unity desktop.
This desktop is also in the Ubuntu repositories as a separate package, meaning you can install it easily on any Ubuntu based distribution not already using it. This can be done with the commands seen below.
$ sudo apt-get install unity
Unity Desktop Dependencies
The following packages are required by the Unity desktop for normal functionality, of course this is likely to change.
This is the core package for the Unity desktop, this will provide msot of the basic desktop functionality.
Compiz is the default window manager used by the Unity desktop and is therefore required.
Compiz Plugins Main
The Compiz plugins package will deliver all the modules used by the Compiz window manager.
This is the configuration settings database used by Gnome.
The Python code base is also required by many of the applications and libraries.
This is just a visual rendering toolkit, but it is required.
Unity Asset Pool
This contains images and icons used by Unity.
The Unity desktop also requires a long list of libraries, I wont bother listing them all.
Unity Desktop Recommended Packages
The following packages are recommended by the Unity desktop environment and may provide additional functionality.
Unity Applications Lense
This package contains the applications lense that you can use to find and launch installed applications.
Unity Files Lense
With this package you get the Unity files lense, the lenses have all been renamed from places.
This package installs the Appmenu indicator.
You can also try the applications indicator.
There is a sound indicator too.
Date Time Indicator
A date and time indicator is also available.
I think this indicator will notify you of incoming messages but I am not yet sure.
This is the Me indicator, something to do with your accounts menu I would imagine.
Wait, maybe this is the accounts menu. Either way here is another indicator to try.
Ubuntuone Control Panel GTK
This is the system settings manager used by Unity.
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