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Unity Desktop Installation

Ubuntu 11.04 Unity Screenshot

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.

Other Packages

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.

Installing Ubuntu

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.

Install Unity

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.

Unity Common

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.

Nux Tools

This is just a visual rendering toolkit, but it is required.

Unity Asset Pool

This contains images and icons used by Unity.

Required Libraries

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.

Appmenu Indicator

This package installs the Appmenu indicator.

Applications Indicator

You can also try the applications indicator.

Sound Indicator

There is a sound indicator too.

Date Time Indicator

A date and time indicator is also available.

Messages Indicator

I think this indicator will notify you of incoming messages but I am not yet sure.

Me Indicator

This is the Me indicator, something to do with your accounts menu I would imagine.

Session Indicator

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.

What Links Here

Unity Desktop Introduction

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