Is there any possibility to get the new unity launcher while having the Gnome classic desktop?

I enabled the classic desktop as described: How to revert to GNOME Classic Desktop?

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By issuing the command unity-2d-shell, you will launch the launcher.

Here is what you have to do, to automatically do this on startup:

  1. Open Startup Applications

    Open <code>Startup Applications</code>

  2. Add Startup Program Add Startup Program

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

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