Ubuntu Unity is a desktop experience designed for efficiency of space and interaction. It maximizes usability and minimizes complexity. Everything is available just 1 click away and almost everyone enjoys working with it. But the problem is, you cant get Unity working everytime on your computer because it needs 3D effects enabled by-default. That means … those who are having low config computers, cant run Unity ? No, Unity 2D is here to the rescue. Unity 3D as we know is going to be the default interface for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. If you dont want to use Unity 3D or you are unable to use it, then just get yourself Unity 2D with Gnome in parallel.
Installing Unity 2D
Open the terminal and type this PPA to get unity 2d working on your desktop with Ubuntu 10.10 or Ubuntu 11.04.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-2d
After the installation, all you need to do is logout/reboot and when you reach ‘Login screen’, select to boot into ‘Unity 2D’ session rather than ‘Ubuntu Desktop’ session which is by-default selection. And thats it. You are now in Unity 2D without losing anything in your Gnome 2.32 desktop or Gnome 3.
Installing Unity 2D
Unity 2D First Look
At first Unity 2D looks almost like Unity 3D but its lighter and faster. There are no 3D effects enabled by-default taking much resources from your system ,so things are darn fast. The Panel is translucent with Ubuntu Netbook like interface. Its more polished and stable than 3D. So if you want to test Unity, safely Unity 2D is a way to go. Take a look -
Unity 2D Interface
Unity 2d vs Unity 3D
Unity 3D has got all those cool 3D effects enabled by-default that takes too much of system resources. Those who dont have much system power, cant run Unity 3D at all as it requires 3D effects enabled for Compiz to work. But Unity 2D is not like that, it can run on any system whether it has got 3D effects or not. It works on everything ranging from old computers to Netbooks to Desktops. Unity 2D as compared to Unity 3D is
- Easier to use
- More polished
So, Unity 2D is a way to go. It can easily work on Virtual machines too. So if anyone willing to use it on hypervisors is raedy to go. Just hit the PPA in the terminal and enjoy Unity.
For any queries regarding Unity 2D or 3D, or any other regarding Ubuntu, ask here freely.