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Is there any hope to bring back Unity on Ubuntu 17.10?


Personally, I (still) don't like Gnome. The main reason I like Unity is for the top bar integration (and the Alt suggestions).

I just couldn't find any good extensions for Gnome to do that.

I upgraded from 16.10 to 17.04 and then 17.10 (which came with Gnome). Everything went fine, but I just want Unity back...

How to do that?


I already tried:

ionicabizau@notebook:~$ sudo apt install unity
[sudo] password for ionicabizau: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
unity is already the newest version (7.5.0+17.10.20171010-0ubuntu1).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 15 not upgraded.

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  • @pomsky I already tried that... maybe I didn't notice the enviroment select on login. Double-checking. – Ionică Bizău Nov 10 '17 at 10:08
  • Hi... I asked a similar question here [askubuntu.com/questions/966685/screen-space-wasted-space] I tried some of the suggestions and, to a point they worked however, in the end, they're a compromise. Unity is excellent for being efficient with screen space. In the end, I did fresh 16.04LTS install back to Unity and, for the foreseeable future, that's where I'll stay. – Piloti Nov 10 '17 at 10:13
  • However it isn't really recommended to use Unity in a long term. After all LTS support will finish Unity will be never maintained. – SiGe Nov 10 '17 at 10:19
  • @SiGe I really hope somebody will take care of an environment similar to Unity... I'm so happy that I can use Unity again. – Ionică Bizău Nov 10 '17 at 10:25
  • @Piloti Thanks for linking! I had exactly the same problem! I'm using a big display, but I hate that bar which doesn't do anything... – Ionică Bizău Nov 10 '17 at 10:26
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A simple

sudo apt install unity

will Install Unity.

When signing in you then can switch to Unity. enter image description here

Source: https://itsfoss.com/use-unity-ubuntu-17-10/

Be careful using this option, it is known to lock up the login screen.

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    When signing in you then can switch to Unity. – Indeed, there is a small gear icon near the login button. The second option in my case is Unity. Maybe you can post a screenshot with the login screen. :D Thanks! – Ionică Bizău Nov 10 '17 at 10:10
  • In my case there is no gear icon, although Unity has been installed. How to proceed? – Kristjan Adojaan Feb 13 '18 at 20:02
  • I've got the same behavior as @KristjanAdojaan – Niklas Mar 4 '18 at 21:30

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