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Unity Desktop Environment

Unity is a shell interface for the Gnome desktop environment developed by Canonical Ltd for its Ubuntu operating system. It is designed to make more efficient use of spa...

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  • Developed byCanonical Ltd.
  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 2.8
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Our users have written 5 comments and reviews about Unity Desktop Environment, and it has gotten 54 likes

Unity Desktop Environment was added to AlternativeTo by TheMinixGuy on and this page was last updated . Unity Desktop Environment is sometimes referred to as Unity User Interface, Unity.

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yuriykaz
  
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Was one of the best DEs with its universal search, Head-Up Display (HUD), and speed, today thankfully present in Ubuntu Mate edition.

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LukaD
  
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It's the worst user interface I have ever seen.

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JohnFastman
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Unity...

  • failed to unite (mobile, desktop...)
  • attracted ridicule for being ugly
  • wasn't adopted by any major distros beyond Ubuntu.

Now, it is being abanded by Canonical (Ubuntu's creators). Future Ubuntu versions will ship with the Gnome desktop. This has some other elements to it:

  • Unity was moving towards Qt; Gnome is firmly in the GTK world.
  • Gnome is likely to benefit as more people use it again. Which is a good thing, as more resources go again into a viable/popular Plasma alternative.
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Ugotsta

Thanks for the helpful review, something I've been a bit passionate about myself. I used to use Ubuntu until the Unity interface came along. I moved to elementary OS icon elementary OS (realizing it's an Ubuntu derivative too) shortly afterward, which reflected the type of uncluttered desktop I always wanted (a more Mac-like workspace really). I hope the move back to Gnome will mark a return to a less cluttered workspace as well.

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Perfect for laptops! The interface uses screen sizes brilliantly!

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chairmanlaomao
  
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OK Unity looks like a rip-off of OS X dockbar (except that it's on the left) and the one global menu implementation is just so poor I switched to Kubuntu. I just saw the HUD demo that they're about to release in v12.04 LTS and almost puked.

But it's a free GNU/GPL software, so if you have the time, just fork it.

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BurritoBazooka

I don't agree - the OS X dockbar behaves differently. I have CairoDock which I modified into what feels like the OS X dockbar with a few extra features. OS X dockbar and panel displays more info to the user at once, without having to mouse-over things to see extra menus or buttons.

I agree that it sucks as a UI, though.

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