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Since Unity 8 is now being discontinued, how do I uninstall it from my desktop system?

(Please note: This question is not about Unity 7, which is still supported at the time of this writing and should remain installed if present.)

  • I deleted my answer below. Thanks for helping me understand the differences between Unity 8 preview based on Unity 7.5 and Unity 8 which was cancelled. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Jan 9 '18 at 2:03
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To fully remove Unity 8 from your system running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or later, follow these instructions:

  1. Open a new Terminal window, and enter the following command (providing your password if requested):

    sudo apt purge unity8 ubuntu-system-settings
    
  2. After the previous command finishes, you may also enter this command to remove all of the unneeded packages that Unity 8 left behind for a cleaner system:

    sudo apt autoremove
    
  3. Reboot your computer to finish the uninstallation process.

(Source: OMG! Ubuntu!)

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