Thursday, January 20, 2011

Install Unity Qt (2D) on Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 using PPA

As we all know now, the next version of Ubuntu has a major change in its desktop environment from Gnome to Unity. It was only a little time ago when Unity Desktop was released for Ubuntu 10.10 users could've installed Unity Desktop by sudo apt-get install unity-desktop. But users who had poor graphics support had a hard time coping up with it and  most of them returned to GNome. But now there's a solution as Unity Qt has been released which is the 2D version of the Unity Desktop having minimalist animations and 3D Effects. Unity Qt is lot faster than Unity 3D so I'm sure users are going to enjoy this.

Here's a snapshot of it and it doesn't look that different from the actual 3D Unity.

To install Unity-Qt open your terminal and execute the following instructions in the same order.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/uity-2d-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-2d-default-settings
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Next time you log in, select Unity-Qt from the options of Environments.

Hope that helps.

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