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December 1st, 2012, 11:51 PM
Is it possible to complete and safe remove unity from 12.10?
December 2nd, 2012, 02:02 AM
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.
December 2nd, 2012, 10:18 AM
I know that,but I was asking is it same as in 12.04.Like this
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
December 2nd, 2012, 10:20 AM
That won't remove anything vital. Just make sure you have another DE installed first. And I wouldn't run that from inside unity. :)
December 2nd, 2012, 03:35 PM
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 wonīt remove vital things.I planed to install another DE first,and then remove Unity.Iīm asking because I donīt 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 http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/frech/o080.gif
December 2nd, 2012, 03:42 PM
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.
December 2nd, 2012, 04:33 PM
My intention is to install Xubuntu and remove Unity.I donīt 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 donīt want to reinstall and install Xubuntu that way.Beside if I donīt 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. (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/purexubuntu)
December 2nd, 2012, 05:03 PM
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:
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.
December 2nd, 2012, 10:44 PM
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! http://www.cosgan.de/images/smilie/froehlich/k010.gif
December 2nd, 2012, 11:32 PM
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. :P
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...
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. ;-)
December 3rd, 2012, 12:31 AM
Tank you for your suggestion,but reason why i started this thread is that I donīt want Ubuntu apps to show in Xubuntu installation as Bucky Ball said.I have to say that I installed only xfce4,but I still see some Ubuntu apps.Never mind.It is not perfect,but it is working.Now it is time to play with Xfce. :)
December 3rd, 2012, 12:57 AM
That is what is being said. Removing Unity only removes that desktop environment, NOT any default Ubuntu apps. Like removing xfce4. If you have only installed xfce4 the apps will be Ubuntu apps, NOT Xubuntu. Xfce4 doesn't install any.
The only way you will get the Xubuntu default apps is to install xubuntu-desktop, then you will have both. To ONLY have xubuntu default apps and no Ubuntu remnants, you may as well just install Xubuntu ...
December 3rd, 2012, 07:07 PM
To ONLY have xubuntu default apps and no Ubuntu remnants, you may as well just install Xubuntu ...
That was thing I wanted to avoid.Finally I installed xubuntu-desktop and now I have complete Xfce experience.O.K I still see ubuntu apps,but nobodyīs perfect!Tank you for your advices and replays!
December 4th, 2012, 04:03 AM
No probs. Enjoy. Xfce rocks! But now I'm repeating myself ... lol ;)
My desktop is a total hybrid. I started by installing Ubuntu Studio and then added xubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-desktop, edubuntu and Ubuntu Satanic artwork and other things I don't remember! It developed over a few years but probably needs a complete reinstall to be honest ...
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