The Ubuntu development community is racing ahead with Unity, including creating a 2-D Unity variant which will work under VirtualBox, which I must use since I don't have a spare system upon which to install Ubuntu Natty Narwhal for testing.
For installation and a run-down of default Ubuntu, you can see my prior article on Natty Narwhal, which begins "at the beginning."
I want to thank TomH from the Debian-User mailing list for forwarding me the Unity 2-D site, which he says he read about at Phoronix, a remarkable web site in its own right. I find Phoronix's speed and function testing of new Linux kernels as they come out very interesting. But back to Unity:
So here's what to do. Get a terminal window open, under Accessories > Root Terminal, and type the following:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install unity-2d
Select it, log in....
(insert angelic choral wha-aaaah here)
I did have trouble with two things, that I'm sure will be ironed out as this alpha release of Unity becomes more robust.
personal choices that Linux caters to. I'm sure some people love workspaces. I used them when I had reasons to back in 1992. Imagine that, a "new" desktop feature that so many people are just discovering. And golly, look at that! Olvwm is available in Debian, for that retro-feeling. It is, however, NOT an available desktop on DVD#1, due to the fact that the Debian Popularity Contest application reports 55 people have it installed, and only 15 have used it "recently". World Wide.
That same report says that 6 people in the world still have Linux kernel 2.6.14 installed, although no one seems to be using it. Isn't that amazing?
At some point, but not today, I fully expect that "Unity" will join the ranks of Window Managers and Desktop Environments in Debian. I think it has a great deal to offer, and I agree with some other folks who have suggested that the design lends itself well to tablets and touch-screens. We shall certainly see.
So I used Alt-F1 to jump to a console, and issued the "Shut her down, Scotty, she's sucking mud again" command, # sudo init 0
Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery.