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    Unity removal

    Is it possible to complete and safe remove unity from 12.10?
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    Re: Unity removal

    Two ways I know of:

    1) Install the server edition, no GUI, just CLI.

    2) Replace Unity with one of the alternative desktops, ie. KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, E17, Awesome WM, WindowMaker, Fluxbox, Blackbox, Openbox, jwm, IceWM, fvwm, flwm, or others.

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    Re: Unity removal

    I know that,but I was asking is it same as in 12.04.Like this

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    sudo apt-get remove unity unity-2d unity-2d-panel unity-2d-spread unity-asset-pool unity-services unity-lens-files unity-lens-music unity-lens-applications gir1.2-unity-5.0 unity-common indicator-sound indicator-power indicator-appmenu libindicator7 indicator-application indicator-datetime indicator-messages libnux-2.0-0 nux-tools libunity-misc4 unity-2d-common
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    Re: Unity removal

    That won't remove anything vital. Just make sure you have another DE installed first. And I wouldn't run that from inside unity.

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    Re: Unity removal

    That won't remove anything vital. Just make sure you have another DE installed first. And I wouldn't run that from inside unity.
    Good to know it won´t remove vital things.I planed to install another DE first,and then remove Unity.I´m asking because I don´t want to get in trouble.I think your answer is good enough to avoid that.I will post you when I do the changes.I hope you will not
    Last edited by zvacet; December 2nd, 2012 at 03:39 PM.
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    Re: Unity removal

    Would installing the gnome version of 12.10 work for you? If you're trying to avoid the Gnome 3 vibe entirely that won't work, obviously.

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    Re: Unity removal

    My intention is to install Xubuntu and remove Unity.I don´t know if this operation will remove some part of Gnome or not.That is why I think MG&TL advice is good.Any ideas,suggestions?I don´t want to reinstall and install Xubuntu that way.Beside if I don´t want to use Xubuntu I want to be sure I can come back to unity.In the past it was secure way of doing this kind of stuff,but now on same site you have warnings when you want to do this.Read this.
    Last edited by zvacet; December 2nd, 2012 at 04:38 PM.
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    Re: Unity removal

    If you want just the desktop environment (rather than the full Xubuntu) you only need to install xfce4 which can be found in Software Centre or Synaptics or you can install with:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xfce4
    ... then log out, choose from Sessions pop-up, log in so you are in xfce4 then remove Unity.

    If you are looking for the full install, xubuntu-desktop will do that but be warned your menus will now contain everything (default apps, etc) from the regular Ubuntu and Xubuntu. It can get crowded and confusing. This won't happen if just installing xfce4.

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    Re: Unity removal

    xubuntu-desktop will do that but be warned your menus will now contain everything (default apps, etc) from the regular Ubuntu and Xubuntu. It can get crowded and confusing. This won't happen if just installing xfce4.
    That is one of reasons I wanted to remove unity in first place.I followed your advice and install just xfce-4 and so far so good.Tnx!
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    Re: Unity removal

    Quote Originally Posted by zvacet View Post
    That is one of reasons I wanted to remove unity in first place.
    Unity is just a desktop shell, removing it would remove only one of the default 'applications' of the regular "Ubuntu" installation: itself.

    Personally, especially since you indicated you might want to return to Unity, I'd just either leave it alone entirely, or at max hide it from the session options on login screen by adding...
    Code:
    Hidden=True
    ...to its session .desktop file "/usr/share/xsessions/ubuntu.desktop", since it doesn't really take up that much space that it's worth risking screwing up the entire installation.

    Regards.

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