I might be the only one but I have to say that I am a huge fan of Unity Desktop. I have been using it since I started to use Linux.

So now Canonical has officially decided to drop Unity in favor of Gnome so what alternatives do I have? I already tried KDE and Gnome but there might be an alternative of Unity itself continued the development by the community?

  • Unity will continue. Unity will be in the Universe repos, just an apt away. If there is enough community interest, Unity could be resurrected as a community-based Flavor, just like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, and the rest.
    – user535733
    Jun 6, 2017 at 20:51
  • @user535733 Yes, I needed to know if any projects as huge as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc. with active development exists.
    – Kevin S
    Jun 7, 2017 at 14:25

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You asked about "community", well...

look like there is a fork of unity 8 named "yunit" here is their github repo:

This is a fork of Canonical's Unity 8 repository as of April 5, 2017. Following Mark Shuttleworth's announcement to abandon Unity 8 development, we are planning to continue working with the project.

website: yunit.io

There is another project named "Enjade" (Now being called "Artemis" I guess):

The Artemis Project aims to bring the best environments to continue the venerable Unity 7 desktop in the modern Linux space. With an open, friendly community and a willingness to make the Linux desktop more friendly, the Unity legacy will live on while bringing new innovations to the table.

It's going to be a plasma based environment that aims to bring Unity experience while getting new features continuously.

You can also make gnome shell to look like unity:


However I prefer myself to use a simple highly customizable Window manager instead of DE or at least a lightweight DE like xfce, it's been years that I'm using OpenBox so it never was a big deal for me in first place.

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