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  • Ubuntu's Unity Desktop Comes To Fedora 17

    Phoronix: Ubuntu's Unity Desktop Comes To Fedora 17

    For those not liking the GNOME Shell, KDE, Xfce, or one of the other desktop environments already available on Fedora 17, Ubuntu's Unity is now available...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTE0Mjc

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    I'm curious how well it works with the min-max-close buttons on the right? I guess maximized windows just push them left?

    Also, I guess you would do this to run unity on newer kernels? Otherwise, why not just use Ubuntu?

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    • #3
      Nice, I hope Arch picks this up, too. Well, TBH, I haven't tried installing Unity on Arch, but from what I gather from the wiki, it appears to be a PITA.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pseus View Post
        Nice, I hope Arch picks this up, too. Well, TBH, I haven't tried installing Unity on Arch, but from what I gather from the wiki, it appears to be a PITA.
        Yeah, it is. you gotta install a shitload of aur packages.

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        • #5
          From the screenshots it seems that it does not support the Global Menu like in Ubuntu.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jacob View Post
            From the screenshots it seems that it does not support the Global Menu like in Ubuntu.
            In the latest version of unity the global menu does not appear until you mouse over the window title.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bwat47 View Post
              In the latest version of unity the global menu does not appear until you mouse over the window title.
              Sorry, I mean on the screenshots windows have their own menubars.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jacob View Post
                Sorry, I mean on the screenshots windows have their own menubars.
                That may be entirely by choice. Unity doesn't have a requirement of using the global menu ~ that just happens to be the default, but it can be disabled very easily.

                It's interesting though, that with all of the Unity-haters out there - Fedora is the third distro i have seen that can potentially have Unity running - although as others have pointed out - it's no fun to install in Archlinux

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MonkeyPaw View Post
                  I'm curious how well it works with the min-max-close buttons on the right? I guess maximized windows just push them left?

                  Also, I guess you would do this to run unity on newer kernels? Otherwise, why not just use Ubuntu?
                  A simple change in gconf-editor will put them back on the left And yes, the buttons will still be on the left when windows are maximized.

                  Originally posted by Pseus View Post
                  Nice, I hope Arch picks this up, too. Well, TBH, I haven't tried installing Unity on Arch, but from what I gather from the wiki, it appears to be a PITA.
                  I'm the maintainer of both Unity-for-Fedora (along with Damian Ivanov) and Unity-for-Arch The instructions in the Arch Wiki likely won't work. You can build the PKGBUILDs from my git repo: https://github.com/chenxiaolong/Unity-for-Arch. The instructions are in the README file.

                  Originally posted by jacob View Post
                  From the screenshots it seems that it does not support the Global Menu like in Ubuntu.
                  The screenshots are old ones that I took a while ago. The datetime indicator (just shows "Time") and duplicated menu bar (in GTK 3 programs) issues are now fixed.

                  There's just a few minor issues left, such as duplicated settings icons in GNOME Control Center.

                  Originally posted by ninez View Post
                  That may be entirely by choice. Unity doesn't have a requirement of using the global menu ~ that just happens to be the default, but it can be disabled very easily.

                  It's interesting though, that with all of the Unity-haters out there - Fedora is the third distro i have seen that can potentially have Unity running - although as others have pointed out - it's no fun to install in Archlinux
                  Actually, that was just a missing package We're working to make Unity as easy to install as possible. Something along the lines of:

                  sudo yum install unity-experience
                  sudo pacman -S unity-experience

                  The problem with the Arch packages is that they take forever to build. But with the introduction of the Arch backend in the new development versions of OBS, we should be able to provide binary packages for Arch Linux, Fedora, and openSUSE at the same time

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                  • #10
                    Unity is starting to become a real opensource project, not only specially crafted for ubuntu. Unity version 5.12 starts to get there, now it is something i would deem as release ready.

                    Looks rather nice on fedora17. Change the ubuntu button logo into a fedora one, and upgrade the compiz version and i think we have a winner. 0.9.8 series is rumored to bring significant improvements and structural changes and cleanup. Compiz has been horrible in terms of speed and stability, it has improved, and 0.9.8 will again take it a notch further.

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                    • #11
                      So fedora has unity before debian does. Why do I think that's funny?

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                      • #12
                        If those are pictures of Unity on Fedora... devs please remove that ugly logo on the top left side

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                        • #13
                          cinnamon

                          http://cinnamon.linuxmint.com/ is an option, too

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                            You're free to send us a patch removing the logo. At the moment we;re more working on correct reuqires, so if You install the unity package, You already have the unity experience and stabilizing.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wilfred View Post
                              So fedora has unity before debian does. Why do I think that's funny?
                              I do not know but I find it even more funny that the Ayatana repo on openSUSE.org is maintained for Fedora but not openSUSE.
                              Unity for openSUSE is stuck at 4.0, while Fedora got 5.12.

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