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I am working on a custom-build of 12.04 with OpenBox, on low-resource netbooks.

I have installed Unity, but it is not available at login, nor by any other apparent means, and I cannot find any coherent answers.

I want to use Unity as an interface, without having to install all the 'heavy' dependencies, such as Nautilus.

Is this possible, or is it necessary to use a full-weight, resource-hungry, standard Ubuntu installation?

I'm using lightdm.

Running gnome-session defeats the object: I've already removed as many lxde components to lighten the load.

I'd have liked to run unity on openbox, but the two don't seem to work together. I edited the startup script, and had to re-edit it from a live cd session. it was a close shave!!! Even running 'unity --replace' crashed the desktop to login.

I'll stick with openbox and tint2.

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What does "at login" mean? Are you using lightdm? gdm? xdm? kdm? What exactly? You need gnome-session installed for the Ubuntu session to show up. – dobey Sep 24 '13 at 19:28
If you need a lightweight distro, Unity is not the right approach. LXDE is much more lightweight (Lubuntu, made for low-spec machines, is Ubuntu modified to use LXDE). – Paddy Landau Oct 1 '13 at 11:04

Yes you are free to modify Unity in any way you choose. ↓


Unity is Open Source , and we depend on our developer community to implement great design and fix bugs, raising the quality of Unity for our users.

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Open Scource Definition:↓

Generally, open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design.

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So yes you can modify it to be lightweight, or any weight you want it to be. But as dobey mentioned, I believe you have to have a gnome session to run it. Unless you modify it for something else... I guess.

I hope this answers your questions... Good Luck!

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@Seth Thanks for the edit. I should have highlighted that, was spacing out I guess... – SoCalDiegoRob Sep 24 '13 at 20:47
As a lightweight option, sadly modern Unity versions do not cut it. They are as resource hungry as Gnome, if not more so. Unity 2D used to be fall back as a separate low resource options. I am not sure where it stands now. – connie new Sep 24 '13 at 21:01

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