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Ubuntu Unity


Last Update: 2024-05-01 14:59 UTC


Ubuntu Unity is a flavour of Ubuntu featuring the Unity desktop environment (the default desktop environment developed and used by Ubuntu from 2010 to 2017). Unity debuted in the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10; it was initially designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks, including a vertical application switcher called "the launcher" and a space-saving horizontal multipurpose top menu bar. Ubuntu switched from Unity to GNOME in 2017, but the desktop was resurrected again as an unofficial "Ubuntu Unity Remix" in 2020. It became an official flavour of Ubuntu during the development cycle of Ubuntu 22.10 in 2022.

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Average visitor rating: 8.69/10 from 16 review(s).


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Distribution Ubuntu Unity
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 • 2024-04-26: Distribution Release: Ubuntu Unity 24.04
 • 2023-10-13: Distribution Release: Ubuntu Unity 23.10
 • 2023-04-21: Distribution Release: Ubuntu Unity 23.04
 • 2022-10-21: Distribution Release: Ubuntu Unity 22.10
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Feature 24.04
noble
23.10
mantic
23.04
lunar
22.10
kinetic
Release Date 2024-04-25 2023-10-12 2023-04-20 2022-10-20
End Of Life 2027-04 2024-07 2024-01 2023-07
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 3300-3400 3100-3200 3100-3200 2900-3000
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop Unity Unity Unity Unity
Package Management DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap DEB (apt), snap
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS Btrfs, ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Multilingual        
Asian Language Support        
Full Package List 24.04 23.10 23.04 22.10
Package 24.04
noble
23.10
mantic
23.04
lunar
22.10
kinetic
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) 1.2.11 1.2.9 1.2.8 1.2.7.2
amdgpu (23.0.0) 23.0.0 23.0.0 23.0.0 22.0.0
bash (5.2.21) 5.2.21 5.2.15 5.2.15 5.2
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.61) -- -- -- --
cups (2.4.9) 2.4.7 2.4.6 2.4.2 2.4.2
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3-P1 4.4.3
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.47.0 1.46.5
firefox (127.0) snap snap snap snap
freetype (2.13.2) 2.13.2 2.13.1 2.12.1 2.12.1
gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.0 13.2.0 12.2.0 12.2.0
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- --
glibc (2.39) 2.39 2.38 2.37 2.36
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- -- --
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) 2.12 2.12 2.06 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) 4.14.2 4.12.2 4.10.1 4.8.1
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (32) 31 30 30 30
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) 24.2.2 7.6.2 7.5.2 7.4.2rc3
linux (6.9.5) 6.8 6.5 6.2 5.19
Package 24.04
noble
23.10
mantic
23.04
lunar
22.10
kinetic
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- --
mesa (24.1.1) 24.0.5 23.2.1 23.0.2 22.2.1
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (22) -- -- -- --
openssh (9.7p1) 9.6p1 9.3p1 9.0p1 9.0p1
openssl (3.3.1) 3.0.13 3.0.10 3.0.8 3.0.5
perl (5.40.0) 5.38.2 5.36.0 5.36.0 5.34.0
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) 3.12.3 3.11.4 3.11.2 3.10.6
qt (6.7.1) 6.4.2 6.4.2 5.15.8 5.15.6
samba (4.20.1) -- -- -- 4.16.4
systemd (256) 255.4 253.5 252.5 251.4
thunderbird (127.0) snap 115.3.1 102.9.0 102.3.3
vim (9.1) 9.1 9.0 9.0 9.0
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.20 3.0.18 3.0.18 3.0.17.4
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 21.1.12 21.1.7 21.1.7 21.1.4

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Version: 24.04
Rating: 1
Date: 2024-06-15
Votes: 0


Great idea, but poor in reality.

I'm binning it within 12 hours of installation to metal.

It's far too resource heavy: screen fluttering and tearing.

The file manager creates unwanted folders, and places folders on the desktop, which is a threat to personal data.

The Tweaks tool that is supposed to allow the user to configure the interface to their liking is next to featureless, to the point of being useless.

Most of the problems come from this distro being Ubuntu dependent. The rest come from it being a vanity project.

Including Firefox as a snap that does not interact with the system is stupid. Downloading a PDF or printing a page to file is impossible.

OK, that's Mozilla's bad, but why include it when a properly installable version is available. But you have to install the Firefox repository.

It would be better to use the Lomiri desktop on another install, if it would even work.

And if GTK and X11 are facing obsolescence, then why flog a dying horse in the hope of reviving it?

Why is there not an Arch with Unity?

Why is there not a Puppy with Unity?

Why is there not a Sparky with Unity?

Ubuntu is trying to be a big one on the desktop, and no longer suitable for older computers, as is anything based on Ubuntu.

Why have so many formerly Ubuntu based distros migrated to Debian?

I rest my case.


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Version: 24.04
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-06-14
Votes: 0


Hardware: Dell 3853 (originally Ubuntu 18.04 OEM)

After testing a Debian based distro (Kanotix) via a Ventoy (1.0.99) USB flashdrive, my system would no longer boot, not even after flashing the BIOS, not even after flashing the BIOS with the latest firmware from Dell (2024-06-05). After disabling secure boot, I was able to launch my proper install via Super Grub2 (so it wasn't Ventoy at fault) & recover my latest data.

But this is no good way to run a system.

So I reinstalled Ubuntu 18.04, which recovered the BIOS. But that's out of date now, so I installed Ubuntu-Unity 24.04 as a rational/logical decision: it's an Ubuntu machine. And it was a good decision.

Ubuntu-Unity 24.04 is excellent, a massive improvement over previous versions.

The stuttering, lag, and screen-tearing have gone. It's now a very smooth and very user-friendly system, with lots of very useful tools, settings and shortcuts. So much can be done from the keypad, it's almost mouseless.

It feels like the original, but even better.

The launcher is so much better than Gnome Shell, which feels gutless in comparison.

Ubuntu-Unity is very conducive for more productivity: it's more like a very pretty server than a desktop environment that gets in ones way.

Good work by the development team: this one's a keeper.

Long may it continue.


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Version: 24.04
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-05-09
Votes: 3


I previously installed Ubuntu-Unity 22.04 and reviewed so I won't repeat the same talking points.
To summarize I was impressed with Unity (which is much better than Gnome IMHO).

I performed a clean install on an old Lenovo Thinkpad X220 laptop.
The boot and installation process went off without a hitch, all laptop peripherals worked.
The new Calamares installer was easy to follow and efficient. Performance is great with the older laptop (8GB RAM, 128GB SSD). I installed Steam, loaded and flawlessly ran a couple of older games on the Sandy Bridge CPU/IGPU.

Some of the new touches in 24.04 LTS that I liked:
Ubuntu software store isn't installed by default. I prefer this as I found automatic Snap package update popups from the software store annoying. I prefer to apply my own updates manually via the terminal. Synaptic is included as a graphical method for installing software; it gets the job done without a lot splash.
The Stacer optimization utility included is a nice touch. A cross between Windows Task Manager and an OS monitor/optimizer.

Currently no sign of UWidgets in this version. Hopefully the developer(s) can soon deliver on the tease that was sent out a couple of versions ago. Otherwise everything seems to work pretty well. Unity 7.7 is quick and efficient; I hope they can keep it going for years to come (given the uncertain future of X11 and GTK).




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