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What non-traditional graphical user interfaces currently run on Ubuntu?

I don't mean hand-wringing over Gnome Shell and Unity, nor behind-the-scenes changes like Wayland. I mean something that the end user would experience as completely different: new interface paradigms (not just smartphone-like), 3D interfaces [1], clones of BumpTop or Microsoft Bob, wildly animated windows and widgets, and the kinds of things you might see only in movies.

Please include:

  • visuals: screenshots, links to screenshots or links to videos that demonstrate the difference between this and a traditional interface
  • instructions: (or a link to instructions) on how to install them on the current version of Ubuntu

(I am not looking for examples that require exotic input devices. Something you could install and play with on a regular desktop or laptop machine.)

[1] "It's a UNIX system, I know this!"

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The interface on the unix system was an actual interface called fsn ( ) – Portablejim Nov 16 '11 at 15:04
I think I'm looking for things that you wouldn't called a desktop environment - - unless it was a DE with pixies dancing all over – d3vid Nov 21 '11 at 18:10

xmonad is quite a popular window tiling manager and is compatible with Ubuntu 11.10. It's especially useful for managing multiple workspaces and multiple monitors.

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instructions:… – d3vid Nov 17 '11 at 7:37

Different paradigms are Enlightenment (aka E17) and ROXDesktop, another approach are 'tiling window managers' which I can't recommend, as there are many. E17 is rather pretty and modern.

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instructions:… – d3vid Nov 21 '11 at 17:55
screenshot and a bit of explanation: – d3vid Nov 21 '11 at 18:00
rox screenshots: – d3vid Nov 21 '11 at 18:05
rox ubuntu instructions (seem a bit dated): – d3vid Nov 21 '11 at 18:05

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