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What is 'Ubuntu Unity' (for the Desktop)?

People seem confused about what Unity actually is. Can you please clarify if it is a desktop environment (DE), Window Manager (WM) or just a shell.

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I am not confused at all. It is a User Interface = UI. See this question:

Previously asked question - what is unity

and this link extracted from answer to the earlier question:

early Launchpad blueprint for Unity


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Moron thinks Unity is a DE which is incorrect –  ActionParsnip Oct 1 '11 at 15:05

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