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Seven Tools for Improving Ubuntu Unity

Mar 13, 2012, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"1) CompizConfig Setting Manager (CCSM): As you probably know, Compiz was one of the first window managers for 3-D effects. It is also a main dependency for Unity -- in fact, I have often heard Unity described as an overgrown Compiz extension.

"CCSM is not installed by default, but is available in Ubuntu's repositories. Under CCSM's Desktop category, you will find a listing for Ubuntu Unity Plugin. Select it, and you will find options for keyboard shortcuts and options to change the animation, opacity and icon size for the launcher, as well as the clarity of the view of the desktop beneath the dash menu.

"Should you run into conflict between settings (a common enough event with Compiz, since it tends to be both bleeding edge and complex), you can open a command line and restore the default settings with the command unity-reset.

"2) Unity Plugin Rotated: One of the commonest complaints about Unity is that the launcher, with its mixture of open applications and launchers for favorites, is fixed to the left margin. Although this position makes sense, since widescreen monitors have more horizontal space than vertical, many users would still prefer the option to reposition it.

"Unity Plugin Rotated is a Compiz Settings Manager Plugin that lets you move the launcher to the bottom of the screen. It worked for me without any trouble in Ubuntu 11.04, but read the instructions in the link above before installing, so you know how to resolve any conflicts -- and, if necessary, uninstall the plugin and restore your desktop."

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