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Is it possible to create a custom session that uses the Unity Next UI instead of Unity 3D and along with it use the apps in the Core Apps PPA and Non-Core apps PPA?.

And possibly other new Touch oriented 3rd party apps?.

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Since you linked to a guide for how to build and run Unity Next, I will assume that you have already followed those instructions successfully and are stuck on the part about creating a custom login session available in the dropdown list at login.

This can be done by creating a new file in /usr/share/xsessions. First, encapsulate the startup commands in a new script (I'll assume you call this /home/user/unity/unity-next-startup):

#!/bin/bash
/home/user/unity/unity_build/build/libexec/unity-people-daemon
cd /home/user/unity/unity-next
./run

Then create a file in /usr/share/xsessions:

[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Name=Unity Next
Comment=Touch based environment from Ubuntu
Exec=/home/user/unity/unity-next-startup
TryExec=/home/user/unity/unity-next-startup
Type=XSession

When you log out, a new Unity Next option should be available at the login screen.

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@bcbc Next time you can just click "improve" and remove the message at the bottom and then add a nice reason why in the edit reason ;) (See the revision history: askubuntu.com/posts/306505/revisions) New users sometimes think they need to mention that they've edited. –  Seth Jun 12 '13 at 19:13

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