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    Unity Questions

    Well, I'm using unity as my desktop interface now.

    Its not as bad as I thought, bad three things.

    One is the workplace switcher - is there any way of moving this so it is stuck at the bottom of the dock, just above the Trash?

    Two, is there any way to move the close, minimise, and maximise buttons so they are always at the top left of the screen, regardless whether the active window is taking up the whole screen or not? Given the options menu does this, it would be nice for the three buttons to stay there as well, no matter what the current window is sized to.

    Finally, dash. I hate it. Any way of uninstalling it and replacing it with Gnome3 like application list?

    Cheers.

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    Re: Unity Questions

    There's no sense in removing it, since it probably has a lot of GTK libraries and more already installed, saving you a lot of trouble while trying out another Window Manager.

    If you want way more customization and little bloat, go with XFCE. It's a great Window Manager and you can change up the panels anyway you want, and even use images to texture the bars. A PPA for installing it on Precise is linked below.

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/10...r-ubuntu-1204/

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    Re: Unity Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by kingnick42 View Post
    One is the workplace switcher - is there any way of moving this so it is stuck at the bottom of the dock, just above the Trash?
    Hi,
    read this thread might help you => 12.04 Unity - Can't get rid of Workspace Switcher Button

    Quote Originally Posted by kingnick42 View Post
    Two, is there any way to move the close, minimise, and maximise buttons so they are always at the top left of the screen, regardless whether the active window is taking up the whole screen or not? Given the options menu does this, it would be nice for the three buttons to stay there as well, no matter what the current window is sized to.
    I don't know about this. But now that you mentioned it sounds as a good idea. You can report your ideas here => http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/ . So fill an idea about the "global menu".

    Quote Originally Posted by kingnick42 View Post
    Finally, dash. I hate it. Any way of uninstalling it and replacing it with Gnome3 like application list?
    No , you have to install the whole gnome-shell environment if you don't want to use dash. If I understood you want Unity with gnome-shell like search.. no this cannot be happen (easy).
    But easy you can change desktop environment and use gnome-shell instead of Unity.

    Thanks

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    Re: Unity Questions

    Well, sort of. I tried using Gnome3 as that is my preferred desktop interface, but it was hanging and lagging badly. I have another thread about that, but for now I'm stuck with unity. Dash and the workplace switcher are the two main annoyances.

    I'll put forward my idea, it would be cool if it was implemented. I definitely think it would be a good thing.

    Edit - I've submitted it.
    Last edited by debodas; December 4th, 2012 at 03:57 AM.

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    Re: Unity Questions

    Originally Posted by kingnick42
    Two, is there any way to move the close, minimise, and maximise buttons so they are always at the top left of the screen,
    Buttons to the right:
    Code:
     gconftool-2 --set "/apps/metacity/general/button_layout" --type string ":minimize,maximize,close"
    Buttons to the left:
    Code:
    gconftool-2 --set "/apps/metacity/general/button_layout" --type string "close,minimize,maximize:"
    Tkx to KansasNoob:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2018608&

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    "Better Solutions may bring Worsened Problems": After Lao Tse, b. circa 405BC. a contemporary of Confucius, who died circa 600BC.
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