I'm a Linux newbie... the first Linux OS I started using is Ubuntu 14.04.02 LTS and to be honest, I really don't like the Unity desktop environment that ships with Ubuntu so I was wondering if I could replace the unity desktop with something that takes up less system resources like Paper GTK.

So how do I replace the Unity DE with Paper GTK?

I am talking about something like the picture in the link below....

example screenshot

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    A GTK theme does not make a Desktop Enviroment. – xangua Mar 23 '15 at 18:25

That looks like a Gnome Shell theme, so I suggest the a combination of

  1. How do I install and use the latest version of GNOME? (meaning Gnome Shell)
  2. How to install themes with GNOME tweak tool?
  3. How can you remove Unity? (optionally)
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  • If you prefer Gnome Shell over Unity you can install Ubuntu GNOME version instead of "official" release. – madneon Mar 23 '15 at 19:41
  • can i install gnome desktop environment? – Sajeeb Mar 23 '15 at 20:43
  • Step 1 will install Gnome Shell, but not the entire Gnome Desktop Environment. Ubuntu uses mostly the same default applications as GDE and you can install the remainder through packages. – David Foerster Mar 23 '15 at 20:53
  • Regarding of "something that takes up less system resources like Paper GTK." notice than both Unity and Gnome-shell use about the same resources. – xangua Mar 23 '15 at 23:12
  • As you're a reputation 1 user: if this answers your question, don't forget to click the grey ☑ under the "0" at the left of this text to accept it, which means "yes, this answer is valid"! – David Foerster Apr 4 '15 at 23:32

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