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    Can't remove Unity? (I installed Gnome-Shell)

    I installed GNOME Shell in a fresh install of Oneiric.

    Then I tried removing Unity.

    It tells me doing so will also remove gnome-session.

    Are you kidding me?

    Is it possible at all to purge Unity from my hard drive while keeping Gnome 3 and Gnome-Shell?

    [edit] Another question. About proprietary drivers.
    In the "Additional Drivers" window, I see the following two listed:

    "ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver (post-release updates)"
    and
    "ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver"

    Do I install both of these?
    Last edited by 8_Bit; October 13th, 2011 at 06:56 AM.

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    Re: Can't remove Unity? (I installed Gnome-Shell)

    Quote Originally Posted by 8_Bit View Post
    I installed GNOME Shell in a fresh install of Oneiric.

    Then I tried removing Unity.

    It tells me doing so will also remove gnome-session.

    Are you kidding me?

    Is it possible at all to purge Unity from my hard drive while keeping Gnome 3 and Gnome-Shell?
    Yes it is.
    The only package you need to keep is libunity6. Do not ask me why, it is of no use either with gnome-shell and gnome-panel.
    Anyway, nautilus depends on it.

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    Re: Can't remove Unity? (I installed Gnome-Shell)

    Well, Canonical is persistent on Unity, and you won't be able to remove it...quite annoying for those who prefer the gnome-panel.
    As for the proprietary drivers, I think you should install both, but it's most likely safe to experiment with them.
    EDIT: If you proceed with the unity uninstallation, if gnome-session is removed, you wont be able to boot into Gnome Shell, Gnome Classic, nor Unity. If a removal of unity is possible without breaking essential components I do not know about it. Personally, I have no objection against Unity though.
    Last edited by lolpenguin; October 13th, 2011 at 10:50 AM. Reason: forgot to include some stuff

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    Re: Can't remove Unity? (I installed Gnome-Shell)

    Quote Originally Posted by lolpenguin View Post
    Well, Canonical is persistent on Unity, and you won't be able to remove it...quite annoying for those who prefer the gnome-panel.
    As for the proprietary drivers, I think you should install both, but it's most likely safe to experiment with them.
    EDIT: If you proceed with the unity uninstallation, if gnome-session is removed, you wont be able to boot into Gnome Shell, Gnome Classic, nor Unity. If a removal of unity is possible without breaking essential components I do not know about it. Personally, I have no objection against Unity though.
    Unity can be removed, the only library package that cannot be removed is, like I said above, libunity6.
    As for the package gnome-session, it is a dependency of Gnome-shell and should not be removed. You start the Gnome-shell session by choosing gnome-session.

    I have three setups, where Gnome-shell and Gnome-panel (the fallback) are the only shells installed, so no Unity (3D nor 2D) there.

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