MyUnity – Unofficial Ubuntu Unity Configurator
One of the first things you notice about MyUnity tweak tool for Ubuntu is the fact that it looks and feels very much like a native Ubuntu application. It is designed to look like the slider you see when you install Ubuntu where you are taken for a quick tour through various Ubuntu features and applications while OS installation is going on.
Most elaborate Unity launcher related settings, all in one slide.
Dash is one of the highlights of Unity. Basic settings for Unity Dash included.
- To install MyUnity in Ubuntu 11.10 via PPA, simply copy-paste the following commands into Terminal, one by one.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install myunity
- Done. MyUnity is installed and ready to go.
Some other settings included in MyUnity tweak tool are the ones meant for setting panel transparency, selecting icons that should be shown on desktop, selecting fonts etc. Good bits apart, MyUnity is a fairly new application and has its fair share of rough edges. For example, in the Unity launcher settings slide, when I tried to change the ‘behavior’ of launcher to ‘Avoid Window’, it keeps resetting to ‘Hidden’ mode when I restart MyUnity. This happened more than once. Hope tiny bugs like these get squashed soon.
Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 Released
Unlike MyUnity, Ubuntu Tweak is a very popular Ubuntu application for many years now. Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 was just released and it is now better tuned for Ubuntu 11.10′s Unity interface. Many of the tweaks I did for Ubuntu 11.10 can now be done easily using Ubuntu Tweak 0.6. As you can see above, Ubuntu Tweak’s home screen displays all the essential hardware and software information you’ll ever need.
Unity Settings is introduced in Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 for the first time. With Unity Settings, you can change the behavior of Launcher, the size of Launcher, the size of Dash, even the blur type of Dash in a few clicks. You don’t need CCSM anymore to do any of these. Under the ‘Desktop’ menu, there is another ‘Compiz Settings’ option which lets you manage many of the Compiz tweaks for Ubuntu Unity that we featured sometime ago.
With Theme Settings, you can easily change the default theme of Ubuntu. You can manually choose the right GTK Theme, Icon Theme, Cursor theme, Window theme etc. Fonts settings is also there, if you want a larger or smaller sized format of the font.
- To install latest Ubuntu Tweak 0.6, just do the following in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
- Done. Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is now installed in your Ubuntu.
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