Fresh Ubuntu Unity Desktop


Ubuntu dropping Unity as it’s default desktop environment and swapping it with Gnome was met with very mixed reviews. Even I wasn’t convinced it was the right move at first and still now I find myself longing for the days of past where Unity was king. That’s not to say Ubuntu’s implementation of Gnome is bad, in fact it’s probably my favourite across all of the different distributions. But it’s just not Unity and though Canonical have added a few touches to try and make Gnome it’s own it doesn’t quite separate itself from the pack.


So… with all that in mind let’s install the Unity Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04. There are a few ways to go about this but I found it best to download Ubuntu’s mini iso image and install it from there. To do this head over to here and download the 18.04 image. Burn the image to a USB device or cdrom and boot into it. Partition the disks and create user accounts as you make your way through the installer. Once you get to the select software screen leave it blank and proceed.

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After restarting your computer you will be left at a blank terminal where you will need to type your username and password to login. Now you’re logged in we can begin to install the Unity desktop. First things first let’s run an update with

CODE: 
sudo apt update -y
then following that let’s install Unity with
CODE:
sudo apt install -y ubuntu-unity-desktop

Once those commands are complete simply enter ‘reboot’.


If all went according to plan you will now be able to login to Ubuntu using the Unity desktop environment!

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* Alternatively you can install Unity via the community supported PPA by copying these commands;

CODE: 
sudo apt install -y software-properties-common
CODE: 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity7maintainers/unity7-desktop
CODE: 
sudo apt update -y
CODE: 
sudo apt install -y ubuntu-unity-desktop
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