Sick of Unity in Ubuntu 11.10? Give Xubuntu a try
A few weeks ago, we took a look at Ubuntu 11.10 and observed that its default desktop, Unity, was much improved in this popular Linux distribution.
Regardless, it seems that some people still dislike the Unity. Well, dislike is a bit mild — some readers wrote in stating that absolutely hate it and that sentiment has gained some traction here and there on the Internet. It seems that Canonical — the organization responsible for Ubuntu Linux — aren’t ones to shy away from controversy.
Ah, but here’s the thing — getting rid of Unity and replacing it with something more familiar is a snap. One reader, guyguy (find his comment on this article) suggested installing Xubuntu — the implementation of the XFCE desktop (pictured above) for Ubuntu. One can install XFCE and get something fast, light and familiar quite easily:
1. Open your Ubuntu Software Center, search for “Xubuntu-desktop” and install it.
2. Log out and then log back in, choosing the Xubuntu session before keying in that password.
Yes, it’s just that easy. Bear in mind that this little tip is in no way floated out there to bash Unity. Frankly, I still like Unity just fine and admire Canonical’s attempts refinements made to the desktop. Still, it does appear there are more than a few people out there irritated by Canonical’s decision to delete the Gnome 2 fallback that was in 11.04 and focus entirely on Unity.
One of the great things about Linux, of course, is that one can easily choose a new desktop. I like XFCE because it’s highly customizable, fast as blazes and still maximizes the desktop on my little netbook (yeah, we’ve got one computer still running Microsoft Windows XP and another running Windows 7 around here — sue me). If you want your desktop to look like Windows XP with a bit more speed and a couple of extra bells and whistles thrown in, XFCE might just be the thing to get you over those Unity blues.
Of course, that’s a personal choice and one can still opt for Gnome (search for “Gnome Shell” in the Ubuntu Software Center and make sure to grab the “fallback session” if you want Gnome 2).
And, hey, if you get in the mood to give Unity another shot, simply select a Unity session when you login. Yes, one can switch back and forth between desktops easily enough and that’s a good thing.
If Unity is the only major gripe you have with Ubuntu 11.10 (a.k.a. Oneiric Ocelot), just install a new desktop. Simple!
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.