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I am wondering if there is a way to use Unity Dashboard in Gnome-classic? If yes, what are the dependency packages need to be installed?


Or is there any app could do that?

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Nope you can't Unity is a compiz plug-in, the Dash being a part of Unity needs it to be active in the first place.SO no u can haz no Dash11!!1. :D – Uri Herrera Aug 3 '11 at 4:52
But, there's Slingshot Launcher – Uri Herrera Aug 3 '11 at 4:52
Look cool. Is it stable now? Any bug until now? – quangtruong1985 Aug 3 '11 at 5:04
Stable, well it works 90% of the time, bugs yeah is at version 0.1.. one very annoying bug is that the launcher won't fit the screen. – Uri Herrera Aug 3 '11 at 5:11
you are wandering off topic - suggest change the question to say "are there any alternatives" - and allow @Uri to post an answer which you can vote on/accept. – fossfreedom Aug 3 '11 at 5:22
up vote 6 down vote accepted

There's Currently no way to use the Dash without Unity being active so here's an alternative.

elementary's Slingshot.

Slingshot launcher is developed by the Elementary team. Here is how to install Slingshot launcher in Ubuntu Natty from elementary team ppa.

Add the PPA ppa:elementaryart/elementary-dev and install slingshot-launcher from the software center.

To use it you simply have to create a launcher in the Gnome Panel with the command slingshot, the same goes for AWN.

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For Ubuntu 12.04, there is a way to get the Dash. However, this includes also enabling launcher.

Start unity-2d-shell as described here: Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome Classic and Unity Launcher

You will get the unity launcher, from which you can open the dash. Or use the super/windows key.

For autohiding the launcher in 12.04 see this question: Autohide Unity Launcher in Gnome Classic.

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I don't know exactly what you're trying to accomplish, but it is possible to run gnome-panel and Unity at the same time. Just don't use the upper gnome-panel, because that will create conflicts with the Unity panel. So just delete the upper panel and add gnome-panel to your startup applications, and you will have both.

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He wants Unity dash , not the panel. And he is in classic gnome desktop so he has the gnome-panel by default. – Binarylife Aug 3 '11 at 8:29
Whether you use Gnome Panel with Unity, or Unity with Gnome Panel.. What's the difference? – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Aug 5 '11 at 8:56
Big difference. The OP is asking how to get only Unity Dash in the classic desktop , not in the unity desktop. He wasn't asking how to get gnome-panel beside unity(i.e the launcher+the panel+the dash). – Binarylife Aug 5 '11 at 10:18

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