Alternative to Unity in Ubuntu Raring 13.04: Mate.

Screenshot-Mate-13.04Unity sucks as usual. Ubuntu Raring Ringtail 13.04 does not work properly on older machines (e.g. AMD core 2 with 2GB ram and on-board graphics) any more. It installs alright but xWindow crashes. Ubuntu-Gnome also had the same problem. In such situation Xbuntu (Ubuntu with Xfce) is a better option and we can add ‘Mate’ as Desktop environment to make it even better. Mate is the new name for the classic Gnome 2.0 Desktop. Until 10.04 Ubuntu was shipped with Gnome 2.0 Desktop.
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Alternatives for Unity in Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS

Installing Cinnamon.

We all know unity sucks. This part is already dealt with here. Now one option is to install Gnome 3. which is dealt with here. Another option is to install Cinnamon. It is a standard Desktop environment supported by LinuxMint. Cinnamon is based on Gnome 3.4 but it uses a task bar like interface instead of Gnome Head-On-Display. It is stable and it works fine. At least worth trying once. To install it open terminal and type following command to install PPA repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

(Say yes at next question. Please note the 'stable'. There is an option to add Nightly version but those are unstable.)

Now update the system with following command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally install the Cinnamon by typing following command:

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Choose Cinnamon at next startup. It will boot into Cinnamon. Happy computing Linux. Never give up.

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The Gnome 3.0 desktop

The Gnome 3.0 desktop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After much reluctance I installed Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin on my office Desktop. It was rather an upgrade as I was using 11.10 the last release. Now upgrading to Precise from Natty is really easy but not so easy therefore I shall cover that in another post. Here I intend to share my experience with Unity, which was not happy. The problem I faced was that it was not easy to reach to the running apps. The unity icons simply did not respond. On several occasions, when I triad to run apt-get from the terminal, it refused with lock error ‘another version is running’. It was too much annoyance. I use Ubuntu only to avoid such silly ‘window type’ error messages. Hence I decided to switch to Gnome 3.4. It is fairly simple. Open terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Say yes to next question and it is done. Log out. Next time before logging click on that icon of gear next to your name and select “Gnome’. You would be logged on to Gnome3.

BTW, to shut down press alt key and suspend option shall change to shut down.

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