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    Unity in Focal

    What is the better way to install Unity in Focal, installing unity-session and/or ubuntu-unity-desktop, else?
    Do we still need to add the Ubuntu-Unity-19.04-Testing PPA?

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    Re: Unity in Focal

    What is the better way to install Unity in Focal, installing unity-session and/or ubuntu-unity-desktop, else?
    I'd use the meta package (ubuntu-unity-desktop package)
    Do we still need to add the Ubuntu-Unity-19.04-Testing PPA?
    Seeing that the ppa hasn't had any new updates for several months now and
    there are no focal archives for it, I'd say don't add it.
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    Re: Unity in Focal

    Decent way is to install synaptic and use it to install ubuntu-unity-desktop ( which would install synaptic anyway
    This gives you a easy readable history of everything installed plus after install highlight ubuntu-unity-desktop > right click > check out all the recommended packages that where installed (or already installed..

    Some may not be of value to you and can be removed. Here some of the new recommends are no use to me and I remove like xterm, geary, gdebi along with some others I've no use for.
    Also in synaptic search unity > scroll down to the lens & scopes, there may be some you want inc. music, video & photos lens which aren't installed by the meta package & any scopes of interest
    (I find the manpages scope quite useful..

    If on a laptop xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is useful ( may disappear someday, never remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput package..

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    Re: Unity in Focal

    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    Also in synaptic search unity > scroll down to the lens & scopes, there may be some you want inc. music, video & photos lens which aren't installed by the meta package & any scopes of interest
    Sometimes, lens video shows what's in the /home/Video, but neither the lenses music or photos show anything. Do you get those lenses working in your system, and how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanath View Post
    Sometimes, lens video shows what's in the /home/Video, but neither the lenses music or photos show anything. Do you get those lenses working in your system, and how?
    Videos should show added after a new login.
    Music & Photos aren't proactive so they need specific app to add to the db. In the case of photos it's shotwell, for music it's rhythmbox.
    Less than ideal but that's how they were designed way back when, dev stopped on them quite some time ago.

    In the case of music RB just needs to be opened, for photos shotwell has to be told to import the 1st. time, then just opened thereafter if set to watch in it's preferences.
    Neither app monitors in the background so they do have to be opened implicitly, usually don't show in lens till a fresh login..

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    Re: Unity in Focal

    Thank you deadflowr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc4man View Post
    Decent way is to install synaptic and use it to install ubuntu-unity-desktop ( which would install synaptic anyway
    This gives you a easy readable history of everything installed plus after install highlight ubuntu-unity-desktop > right click > check out all the recommended packages that where installed (or already installed..

    Some may not be of value to you and can be removed. Here some of the new recommends are no use to me and I remove like xterm, geary, gdebi along with some others I've no use for.
    Also in synaptic search unity > scroll down to the lens & scopes, there may be some you want inc. music, video & photos lens which aren't installed by the meta package & any scopes of interest
    (I find the manpages scope quite useful..

    If on a laptop xserver-xorg-input-synaptics is useful ( may disappear someday, never remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput package..
    Thank you mc3/4man, that’s what I was looking for.

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    Re: Unity in Focal

    Its alright that they don't show up in the dash. Is there a way to rid those three; music, photos and videos icons (lens) appearing in the dash?

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    Re: Unity in Focal

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post

    Seeing that the ppa hasn't had any new updates for several months now and
    there are no focal archives for it, I'd say don't add it.
    There have been new uploads to the ppa since i posted.
    Whether or not to add it is ultimately a user choice.
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    Re: Unity in Focal

    I had to add the ppa for Unity Tweak Tool to work. The HUD works now also

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