Do you miss the Unity desktop? This distribution brings it to you (if you pay)

Do you miss the Unity desktop?

Next April 23 andTraditional editions of Ubuntu 20.04 Focal will be available Fossa. As the days go by, the derivatives made by third parties will be added. But, if you miss Unity, you might be interested this alternative. based on Focal Fossa.

Remember that the official versions of Ubuntu are

  • Ubuntu: It is the original version with the GNOME desktop and some modifications.
  • Kubuntu: Includes the KDE project desktop and application ecosystem.
  • Lubuntu: Edition for the lightest teams. Use the LXQT desktop and the Calamares installer.
  • Ubuntu Kylin: Distribution aimed at the Chinese market.
  • Ubuntu Mate: Mate is a lightweight desktop. This is a fork of the previous GNOME branch.
  • Ubuntu Budgie: Developed by the Solus project, Budgie is a highly customizable and visually pleasing desktop.
  • Xubuntu: Version with the XFCE desktop. It is a highly configurable desktop environment even though it consumes few resources.
  • Ubuntu Studio: Brings the Mate desktop and is specially configured for multimedia production.
  • If you miss Unity, you can try Umix OS

Do you miss the Unity desktop? This is Umix OS

Unity was for a few years the desktop of the official version of Ubuntu. Currently nor it is still being developed so those responsible for Umix had to make some modifications.

They consider that Nautilus, the GNOME file manager (which also uses Unity) was losing features with each new release. For example, the user interface has become increasingly minimalist and more suitable for tablets and touchscreens than for traditional desktops.

EThis version of Umix uses Caja, Mate's file manager. This includes the default installation of your extensions. De Mate is also adopted the configuration wizard which in this case replaces the original Unity. This provides additional functions accessible by pressing the right mouse button or the file properties tab.

With respect to wallpaper, they did not design their own, but chose to use photos from the Unplash site.

Installing apps

Like many other distributions, Umix includes a welcome screen that helps us select the applications we want to install. In the menu on the side we can click on the items to find them more easily.

The terminal

The terminal emulator is without a doubt one of the best things Linux has. And Umix OS allows us to easily access it.

Pressing F1 opens a pop-up terminal window. This terminal is always running in the background. It appears as we said when you press F1 and hides when you move to another window.

The message displayed by the terminal includes two lines. The first line shows the current time, username, hostname, and current directory, the second line shows the status of the last command (green or red) and accepts user input.

The default shell is Bash, but fish and zsh, among others, can also be used.

Included software

The minimal installation comes with the Chromium browser, VLC media player, Synaptic, GParted, and the Tilix terminal emulator.

The complete installation brings the following programs

  • LibreOffice: Multiplatform office suite.
  • Thunderbird: Email client and calendar manager.
  • Gimp: Image editor.
  • Shutter: Program to take screenshots.
  • Peek: Program for creating animated GIFs.
  • Kazam: Desktop recording program.
  • Deluge: Client for the torrent network.
  • Rhythmbox: Management and playback of music collections
  • Pidgin: Instant messaging client.
  • Pitivi: Video editor.
  • Chese: Program to manage the webcam.
  • Shotwell: Management of photographic collections.
  • Simple Scan: Graphical interface for document scanning.
  • DejaDup: Tool for creating and restoring backup copies.
  • Baobab: Utility for disk analysis
  • Remmina: Management of remote desktops.
  • Timeshift: Another backup tool.
  • UGet: A download manager.
  • SMPlayer: Multimedia player with different graphic themes.

A little detail.

If you want to have access to the download link, you will have to go to checkout. It costs 15 dollars by Paypal (one-time payment). ANDThis guarantees that you will receive a link for each new version published. The justification they give you is:

The subscription price is for the work involved in setting up the distribution and making sure everything is working properly. If you don't want to pay for it, you can download the official Ubuntu ISO and customize it to your liking. There are many tutorials online for doing this. There are even some Unity-based distributions available. Buying a subscription saves you the time and effort of creating your own distribution.

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  1.   Julito said

    Unity had some really cool concepts. I think Canonical could bring some of that experience to the current desktop using Gnome-Shell extensions.
    For example:
    - The dock: with the trash can at the end and the application launcher at the top.
    - The dash: the current Gnome kills me, it is a total waste of space, with huge icons, occupying the entire screen ... moving with the touchpad is exasperating.

  2.   Juan said

    Unity was responsible for leaving Ubuntu overnight a series of applications developed for this operating system stopped working, I switched to Debian and then MX-linux and learned more about GNU. Thanks…!! Ubuntu