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I recently installed Cinnamon on my Ubuntu 12.04.1 and I loved the interface of its file manager Nemo, which I guess is also based on Nautilus. But I prefer Nemo over Nautilus and I want to remove Nautilus completely and have Nemo as my defaut File Manager.

The problem however is that removing Nautilus requires me to remove ubuntu-desktop too. Is it possible somehow to retain Ubuntu Desktop and remove Nautilus?

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You don't need to remove Nautilus - just set Nemo as default - see here.

To install Nemo, open a terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-filerolle

If you need to install extensions for Nemo (optional)

sudo apt-get install nemo-compare nemo-dropbox nemo-media-columns nemo-pastebin nemo-seahorse nemo-share

To use Nemo as default File Manager, you will need dconf-tools

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

To disable Nautilus from drawing the desktop item,

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false

To Set Nemo as the default file manager (replacing Nautilus),

xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

If you have removed unity, you should be able to reinstall it.

Start your computer and login & open a terminal.

If you can't login, enter the tty with Ctrl+Alt+F2.

Then run:

sudo apt-get install unity-2d
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop-2d
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl
sudo apt-get install emerald
sudo apt-get install compiz-fusion-plugins-extra
sudo apt-get install git compiz-plugins-extra
sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins-extra
sudo apt-get install unity

Then reboot - if in the tty just run:

sudo shutdown -r now
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Don't mind about the edit @GunJack - should of done it anyway - Would a better title for your new question be Stuck with Intel GMA 3600 (I think that is what it was about...) –  Wilf Dec 15 '13 at 20:24
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I asked that more than a dozen times. At least this one got some views. And with the edit, I was just trying to earn some points –  GunJack Dec 15 '13 at 20:27
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Never mind... If your question had some more information, perhaps they would not of minded the title so much :-) –  Wilf Dec 15 '13 at 20:29
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ubuntu-desktop is a package that doesn't contain any files but just depends on other packages (that's called a "metapackage"). Unity will still work if you remove this package.

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I removed nautilus and now there is no Ubuntu or Ubuntu-2D in my login greeter. –  GunJack Dec 15 '13 at 18:34
    
What did it remove as dependencies? –  Wilf Dec 15 '13 at 18:45
    
It removes ubuntu-desktop –  GunJack Dec 15 '13 at 19:06
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In 12.04 at least gnome-session depends on nautilus. As Unity needs gnome-session this will also remove Unity (Cinnamon may be affected, too). But that is not caused by removing ubuntu-desktop. –  Florian Diesch Dec 15 '13 at 19:34
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