In Ubuntu 18.04 And 17.10 | GNOME To UNITY Install/Uninstall | Complete Guide

(Ubuntu) GNOME To UNITY Switching

If you love the feel of Unity, and sometimes feeling nostalgic for Unity and want to back into old Unity, then follow the article till the end.

Linux tries to make feel like home environment in Ubuntu18.04 and 17.10. The desktop customization is quite good in Gnome but it’s not necessary that you like this over Unity. Over the 6+ years, Unity stays with Ubuntu so many of us habituated with Unity and not want to go with Gnome. Ubuntu GNOME To UNITY

If you are one of those Unity Fans and want to stay stick with Unity. Then I have a good news for you, You can easily install Unity on Ubuntu18.04 & 17.10.

The sad part is, the Unity packages are not the main repository now anymore. The unity is served from the universe repository and this is a community maintained package. So the developers of Ubuntu don’t work directly on these packages. So in another word, the package we will be going to use in the Ubuntu18.04 or 17.10 is not maintained by Ubuntu developers it is community maintained package. Unity can be run on your device as long as the project is not stopped completely.

Now take other words on the other side and go to the main part of this article How To Install & Remove Unity On Ubuntu18.04/17.10.

How To Install Unity On Ubuntu 18.04


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Open a Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use sudo apt install ubuntu-unity-desktop this command.

It will be asked of you to switch lightDM or Don’t switch.

Now a Display Manager message is seen on the screen on the login screen.

  • If you like Unity like login screen Select Lightdm.
  • If you don’t want to go with Lightdm want to keep default login screen select gdm3.

Now just select and press Enter to move on to the installation procedure.Ubuntu Lightdm gdm3

After completing the Installation, restart your system. Now at the login screen, click on the Ubuntu Symbol, placed on the right top corner In LightDM and in GDM it will be a gear symbol.

Now enjoy, after login, you will see the familiar, Unity interface.

How To UnInstall Unity From Ubuntu 18.04

Now time to uninstall Unity, WHY!! If you realize you can live with GNOME and leave Unity on another side. Then don’t worry we will cover the steps to remove Unity from Ubuntu18.04.Ubuntu Terminal

Now at first go to GNOME and open terminal and type sudo apt purge ubuntu-unity-desktop

If you installed LightDM and you want to remove it also. First, you need to switch to GDM, for this use sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3 this command. You can get an error message like GDM is not running and stuff don’t worry the job done successfully. You can remove LightDM with this sudo apt purge lightdm command.

Now it can be a good decision to run the System cleaner (autoremove) to clean your Ubuntu System. To run use this command sudo apt autoremove. 

Now you can Restart your system or log out, and you will get back GNOME (almost no traces left of Unity).

How to Install Unity 7 On Ubuntu 17.10

First thing fast open terminal and type sudo apt install unity command and sit back to get relax. It will automatically be done everything. It will download some files size around 150 MB.

How To Switch From GNOME To Unity In Ubuntu 17.10

Restart your Computer, On login screen click on the gear symbol. It will show various options (Ubuntu, Ubuntu On Xorg, Unity) click on Unity. Now log in to see familiar Unity desktop environment the version will be Unity 7.5.

You can switch back to GNOME desktop easily, just select the option Ubuntu or Ubuntu On Xorg.Ubuntu switch gnome

How to Uninstall Unity From Ubuntu 17.10

If you want to uninstall Unity and go back to GNOME, First you have to switch to GNOME and then remove Unity. For remove Unity from Ubuntu open terminal and type sudo apt remove unity it will remove the unity system from your system.

After that, if you auto cleans your system it will be better to auto clean type sudo apt autoremove command in the terminal. Or you can use both commands at a time like.

sudo apt remove unity

sudo apt autoremov

I think this article will help you to solve your issues. Thanks for reading.



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