How to install unity 2D on ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

Unity 2D's goal is to provide the Unity desktop shell on hardware platforms that cannot currently support Unity's OpenGL requirements.

Its architecture is very close to Unity's as it only replaces the user interface elements but still shares all the same backend components. Specifically, Unity 2D replaces the panel, launcher and places components as defined in Unity's architecture overview. Moreover it does not enforce the use of Compiz as a window manager but instead uses a slightly tweaked version of Metacity.

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-2d


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:adiroiban/unity-2d-maverick
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-2d

After installing unity-2D do the following

* log out
* log back in and choose the "Unity 2D" session in the drop-down menu at the bottom of the login screen
* you will then be running Unity 2D

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1 Response

  1. rotwhiler says:

    Thanks for the post, any reason this wouldn’t work on Ubuntu 10.04? I’ve only seen reference on the web to 11.04 and 10.10.

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