Time to take a closer look at the controversial Unity desktop for Ubuntu. Unity is designed to be highly efficient for new users, though veterans may have trouble adjusting. Personally I still have mixed feelings about the Unity desktop. The biggest disappointment is the lack of official configuration options.
Unity Desktop Efficiency
Using unity effectively can certainly offer increased productivity for some people, leaving others longing for the good old days.
More About The Unity Desktop
Either way a closer look is definitely needed for users with no prior Ubuntu experience, as even I had trouble hunting down certain settings and applications with all the changes.
For users that wish to install the Unity desktop shell, you can. Installation instructions are provided.
Users can also get a general idea of the important packages and dependencies used by the Unity desktop. There are also several other useful packages that users may find helpful.
Here you can learn all about the list of dependencies for the Unity desktop. Like other desktops Unity requires a long list of packages, other packages are recommended for additional functionality. This is for users who can a peek under the hood of Unity to see exactly how things work.
Gnome And Unity
Because the Unity desktop is simply a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment some Unity components mirror the Gnome components.
Here you can learn about the LightDM display manager which is commonly used to login to the Unity desktop. Or you can learn more about the Compiz window manager which is really the heart of Unity.
The Unity desktop has many other important components as well. Not only that, there are lots of fun little tools to use as well.
NotifyOSD is the new notification tool for the Unity desktop. This tool also uses GTK+ 3 and provides an elegant look that matches the desktop well. There is also fantastic support for transparency.
Zeitgeist Event Logger
This is the tool that is used to remember all of your recently files and applications. The Zeitgeist Event logger integrates well into the Unity desktop dash to display relevant information for the user. You can also control which information you would like Zeitgeist to monitor.
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