Friday, April 20, 2012

MyUnity - The Powerful Unity Configurator

MyUnity is a configuration tool for Unity which lets you tweak several different parts of the desktop, most of which can't be tweaked easily otherwise. MyUnity came to birth during the times when users were annoyed with the lack of configuration options for Unity in Ubuntu Natty. It has evolved quite a lot since then, and by now, it is the most powerful configuration tool for Unity.

It has already reached version 3.0, which, while also supporting older versions of Unity, supports many of the new features that were introduced in Ubuntu Precise's Unity, e.g. Launcher color, toggle show/hide 'available' apps in the Dash, toggle show/hide 'recent' apps in the dash, enable 'Show Desktop' icon, and a Quicklist editor. These features either won't show up for older versions of Unity, or they will be dimmed out.

It is an indicator of MyUnity's popularity and power that it was included in the official Precise repositories. That is, you can now install it from the Ubuntu Software Center in Precise without needing to add any PPAs.


MyUnity 3.0 features a cool GUI and all the options are pretty self-explanatory. This screenshot tour will give you a good idea of what MyUnity 3.0 is capable of:

You can restore default settings for any of the Unity items, i.e. Launcher, Dash, Panel, Desktop, Fonts and Themes, by clicking the 'default settings' button on the respective page.

Ubuntu Precise Installation

MyUnity is available in the official Precise repositories. So either go to Ubuntu Software Center and search for 'MyUnity', or from a Terminal, run these commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Ubuntu Oneiric Installation

As indicated already, for Ubuntu versions prior to Precise, you need to add the MyUnity PPA to your Software Sources to install it. So from a Terminal, run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity


What is next?

The upcoming version of MyUnity is to feature interactive tweaking of the Unity Desktop. It would present you with a mini-desktop, where you can make changes to any supported items. This video will explain the concept better:

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