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I'm writing a post about how the software updates Apple sent out have been on Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) for ages (like the app store and the new "Mission Control" feature) from here:

I was wondering if i can show that Ubuntu has had apps to match the other two features: Fullscreen apps and "LaunchPad"? Are there?

This would be useful for helping Apple users switch to Ubuntu also when I'm trying to convert them ;)

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Most of these "features" are workarounds to make things work on a phone. I don't see how putting this on a 20" screen should solve anything. But yes, you can autohide a panel, press F11 to fullscreen most "apps" and use multiple screens/compiz to "swipe trough" your programs. – sBlatt Oct 21 '10 at 9:22
haha, i completely agree. – Oscar Godson Oct 21 '10 at 9:25
ubuntu unity and gnome shell have a similar "Launchpad" menu. You can fullscreen your applications with compiz rules or keybindings (extrawm plugin). – Luca Oct 21 '10 at 10:15
Ubuntu should be in the business to innovate not duplicate, and since this are new features, they may not even be popular. – Mike Oct 21 '10 at 13:31
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Launchpad is basicaly the same as Unity. Mac App Store = Ubuntu Software Center. Full screen apps (as they'll work on Lion) depend on the apps developers. Mission Control is nearly the same as scale compiz plugin, but you can only manage windows.

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Not sure why people gave you a down vote... anyways, thanks! – Oscar Godson Oct 21 '10 at 16:18
Also, is there a way to install Unity as a UI and not an OS? – Oscar Godson Oct 21 '10 at 16:24
Well, Unity, more than an OS is an interface of Ubuntu. There are two interfaces on Ubuntu, the normal Desktop (ubuntu-desktop) and Unity (ubuntu-netbook). You can have both installed on your Ubuntu, if you are using 10.10, simply install "unity" package. On the loging in you could choose Ubuntu Desktop Edition and Ubuntu Netbook Edition, so you won't lose your actual interface. – Alfredo Hernández Oct 21 '10 at 17:10
Yeah, i was wondering if there was a way to basically switch between the interfaces without having two Ubuntu installs? No? – Oscar Godson Oct 21 '10 at 17:25
Yep, that's what you will exactly have :) – Alfredo Hernández Oct 21 '10 at 17:35

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