How to switch from GNOME to Unity in Ubuntu 17.10

If you have upgraded to Unity 17.10 and feel like using Unity instead of GNOME then this post is for you.

Ubuntu has done quite a good job in making Unity users feel at home with the customized GNOME desktop. But it is not necessary that you will like GNOME. Unity has been part of Ubuntu for last 6 years and over the time, it has its own share of admirers.

The one thing to keep in mind that the system may behave oddly when working on Unity. In that case you can easily switch back to GNOME.

Installing Unity :

In your terminal type the following command:

sudo apt install unity

The total file size is around 150 MB. After the installation, restart the system. Now at your login screen, you will see a gear symbol. Click on it and you will see various options like this :

Select Unity and login. You will see familiar Unity desktop interface. The Unity version installed is Unity 7.

You can check the Unity version by writing the following command in your terminal

unity --version

Now if by any chance, you don’t need to continue with Unity, you can seaily remove it . Before doing so switch to GNOME by selecting Ubuntu or Ubuntu on Xorg before login.

After logging in, use the following command in your terminal :

sudo apt remove unity
sudo apt autoremove

I hope you found this quick tip useful.

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