Up until mid 2018 to early 2019 I never really paid much attention to all the Linux hullabaloo over their numerous DEs (desktop environments)…I have always been more interested in the performance of an OS rather than the apparent ‘Thrill‘ that many Linux OS users find in ‘Dressing‘ their Distros as if they were some Barbie ‘n Ken Dolls. Microsoft Windows OSes have always had one desktop that was more customizable than a bunch of Linux DEs combined, and Windows was easier to do. After that, I wanted to get the printer, scanner, mouse auto-scroll function, USB SATA Docks, wireless USB adapters, photo printer, Nvidia GPU, and a bunch of other hardware & software working & performing under the OS.
I’ve been piddling wid Linux for over 26-years ‘n honestly don’t know if I ever used the Unity UI or not. Have seen it mentioned a lot in recent years – mainly when reading the Linux user’s squabblings on their forums, blogs, etc. Unity is apparently important to the Linux Community (as a whole) so I’m giving it a try today.
Ubuntu is an Enterprise focused OS, like most of the Linux OSes, and it is probably the most ‘Password Dependent‘ OS around…or at least tied wid the likes of Debian & Arch. ‘Normal‘ Desktop OS users are barely given a second thought by most Enterprise focused OS Developers, but Ubuntu doesn’t even give them even a second thought, i.e. it is for Enterprise.
OK…intro is over! 😉 I’ve used Ubuntu long enough to know that its upcoming Ubuntu Unity Flavor is not going to offer me a Fulltime Root User option, and it will just toss lots of annoying “Authenticate” popups at me whilst they demand ‘Pesky Passwords‘ of me.
Install Ubuntu 22.10 Daily Build
The ISO is located on the Ubuntu website – Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) Daily Build – and I downloaded the 3.81GB kinetic-desktop-amd64.iso from there.
Created the ‘Live‘ bootable USB media wid both Rufus & balenaEtcher. First try was wid Rufus, but when I selected the “Try Ubuntu” option during boot-up it took me to an incredibly bright Yellow desktop background wid white & yellow app icons…app icons had white thumbnail previews that couldn’t be read and the white popups couldn’t be either.
In case it was Rufus causing the non-viewable Yellow desktop issues I used balenaEtcher next. Same problem.
It’s a Daily Build so use the “Install Ubuntu” option instead of the ‘Try‘ option.
Installation flew by…
Ubuntu Kinetic Kuda (development branch)
Here’s the About info:
During installation, I had selected the add Updates & add 3rd party software options. The 3rd party option spotted my Nvidia card ‘n installed the newest Nvidia driver for Linux:
- I moved the “Panel Mode” Dock (edge to edge) to the bottom for more of a Windows OS or Cinnamon DE look.
Here’s the final DE look:
Unfortunately…that ‘incredibly bright Yellow desktop background wid white & yellow app icons‘ mentioned earlier isn’t offered as a background choice in final installation. 😉 Just kidding…
Earlier this week, Ubuntu Unity maintainer Rudra Saraswat applied for official flavor status after keeping the Unity7 desktop environment alive for over two years now.
Ubuntu Unity (formerly Ubuntu Unity Remix) saw the light of day a few years ago as part of the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) operating system series, but as an unofficial flavor because Canonical abandoned its beloved Unity7 desktop environment more than five years ago.
It was hard to believe that Ubuntu Unity will be recognized one day as an official flavor considering Canonical’s past with the Unity7 desktop environment, but today, the miracle happened and Canonical will recognize it as an official Ubuntu flavor starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) release in late October 2022.
snip … Ubuntu Unity 22.10 Beta will be the first release as an officially recognized flavor, due out later this month on September 29th. Finally, the Ubuntu Unity 22.10 (Kinetic Kudu) release is expected to see the light of day as an official Ubuntu flavor on October 20th, 2022.
As mentioned before, Rudra Saraswat also maintains the Unity7 desktop environment and recently released Unity 7.6 as the first major release in the past six years.
Maybe Ubuntu doesn’t want to step on Microsoft Windows’ ‘Toes‘ is a reason for them to stick wid the Enterprise OS password methods…I dunno. They certainly work wid Microsoft a lot…seem to be good pardners, in their own way. ‘Normal‘ Desktop OS users, the clear majority of Desktop/Laptop OS users (Windows OSes dominate), are certainly not going to deal wid annoying “Authenticate” popups and constant ‘Pesky Passwords‘ demands during their computer sessions…on their *OWN* PCs!
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!