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I installed Zorin 6 (based on Ubuntu 12.04), because I like all the whistles it has (plymouth screen,compiz effects,installed codecs, sound themes, etc.). I miss though the modern and futuristic unity environment (launcher, dash, HUD, indicators etc.).

  1. Is there a way to switch from Zorin to Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and keep all these effects? Or
  2. What additional software should I install in an Ubuntu clean install to add the effects Zorin has (plymouth, compiz effects, sounds, audio and video codecs etc.)
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I don't think you can just revert to Ubuntu.

However, you can install additional software in Ubuntu which can make your experience somewhat the same.

  • plymouth is already installed in Ubuntu 12.04.

  • Compiz effects can be achieved by installing compizconfig-settings-manager.

  • Audio and video codecs can be installed by installing ubuntu-restricted-extras.

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I suggest you to install Ubuntu on another partition.

Then install the software included in Zorin in Ubuntu. You can install these

  1. Compiz config settings manager with sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager.

  2. All necessary codecs, MS fonts and flash by using sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

  3. Install Ubuntu-tweak : How do I install Ubuntu-Tweak?

After installing necessary software, copy the configuration folders from the old Zorin partiton to your Ubuntu home. The folders are .config, .gconf and .compiz-1 and if you want .local (this may not be needed).

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