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Old 07-05-2011, 11:00 PM   #1
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How to use Ubuntu 11.04 Unity


When the new version of Ubuntu came out I eagerly upgraded from 10.10 to 11.04. I liked the look of Unity, but using it was something else.

I just couldn't figure out how to do simple tasks in the Unity desktop.

For example, how to maximize/minimize the window?

A search suggested that I'd be able to install Gnome3 instead, but I always seemed to be booting back into Unity after installing it.

I love Ubuntu, and it seems that if I'm to continue using it, I've got to find some manuals or something to explain the basics of Unity.

Does anyone have any suggestions? (Other than switching to Debian!)

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Old 07-05-2011, 11:14 PM   #2
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If you have installed Gnome 3, you can change the window manager/desktop environment in the session manager.

When you click your user name to log in, before you enter your password, the session manager appears and it is there that you select your environment. Whatever you select should remain the default choice until you change it.

I took a look at Gnome 3 on Fedora in VirtualBox. I think you will find it more like Unity than it is like Gnome 2. You might consider taking a look at LXDE or XFCE.

Me, I have my own solution. I use Fluxbox.
 
Old 07-05-2011, 11:50 PM   #3
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Gnome 3

Maybe the new DE install bombed. At any rate, no choice has EVER come up to choose a Gnome session at login. Not sure why.
 
Old 07-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #4
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There should be a session chooser that lists, at the least, Unity, Ubuntu Desktop Classic, and a couple of others. It doesn't come into view until you click to log in. On my computer, it appears in the bottom panel along with the language chooser and something else I forget.
 
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you might have auto login enabled on your computer, which is a feature i personally like, but many people don't. Log out. Type your users name and pass
word and then before you press enter look down at the bottom of the screen. I think it's called session. Here is where you select what desktop you use out of the nods you have installed
 
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #6
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Knightron. Nice catch. I never use autologin, so I didn't think of it.
 
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Thanks for the heads-up. I am using auto-login.

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glad to,have helped.
 
  


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