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[Linux] Customize Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment with MyUnity
Posted By Derrik On March 19, 2013 @ 1:10 AM In Linux | 6 Comments
Unity has been around for a few releases by now and with every single release, Canonical guts customization a little more. With Ubuntu 12.04 you weren’t allowed to set the Unity launcher to auto-hide anymore, and with 12.10 it became increasingly confusing for new users to customize Unity. That’s where MyUnity comes in. MyUnity puts the customization back into Ubuntu’s Unity desktop shell.
MyUnity is a tool that will help you better customize almost every aspect of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment.
I’m not too big a fan of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, but I’m not the type of person to stick with one singular desktop (though I find myself in XFCE for the most part), so at times I’ve re-visited Unity. Each time I come back to Unity, with every release, I find that it is increasingly harder and harder to customize. Ever since 12.04 I’ve needed to install MyUnity. MyUnity has made it so I don’t have to mess with configuration files and entries to change things like Desktop icons.
I don’t necessarily hate Unity, but I’m not a huge fan of the fact that someone has to make a utility that you need to download if you want to customize your Unity desktop. MyUnity does a great job at allowing you to personalize your Unity experience, but it doesn’t do some of the advanced tweaks to Unity. You’ll need more advanced tools and tweaking techniques for that kind of thing.
MyUnity is a great tool for Unity fans, especially the kind of fans of Unity that were a bit bummed that they needed to download and install dconf editor just to change an icon theme. That’s pretty pathetic on Canonical’s part, but, MyUnity makes up for that along with a lot of other features you’d think Unity would allow out of the box.
I find myself downloading the faenza icon pack after every install of Ubuntu. With Unity, the faenza pack looks extremely beautiful, and it’s a relief that MyUnity makes it so easy for me to set up. Among other things, I was glad that MyUnity makes it easy to restore desktop icons, change your dash color, panel backlight color, font, display effects and so much more.
After all that I like about MyUnity, it doesn’t go without some criticism I’m not that happy that after all MyUnity offers, I still need to install CompizConfigManager to bring back some of the features of the Unity panel. The features (that I think are really important) that Canonical has decided to remove. Other than those critiques, I really have no other problems with MyUnity. It’s a very great utility and companion to your Unity desktop. It’s almost essential to make Unity usable for me.
If you’re a heavy Unity desktop user and you’re really disappointed with the lack of customization options, you really need to check out MyUnity. It allows you to better customize your Unity experience, and it’s a wonderful tool to use. If you’re a Ubuntu Unity user, this program is a must.
Version reviewed: 3.1.3
Supported OS: Ubuntu 11.04+
Supports software repositories: In all official Ubuntu software repositories
Download size: 2.1 MB
Is it portable? No
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