Coming Soon to Linux Desktops
Try Them Yourself
GNOME 3 and Unity are not ready for release, but you can get a preview and see where the projects are at the moment. Because they are unfinished, they are not recommended for use in a production environment.
GNOME 3 is easy—just use the package manager to install gnome-shell.
Once the package and dependencies have been installed, you can activate it with the command:
To install Unity, you need to add a Personal Package Archive. Open a terminal, and enter the command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-dx-team/une
Enter your password when prompted, and apt will add the PPA and import the key.
Then, update your software list:
sudo apt-get update
To install Unity, type:
sudo apt-get install unity
Once Unity is installed, the next time you log in, the interface will default to Ubuntu Netbook Edition. (Ubuntu Desktop Edition still is available, of course.)
Charles Olsen has been working in IT help-desk and technical training for more years than he will admit. He is one of the hosts of mintCast, a podcast by the Linux Mint community for all users of Linux. You can find mintCast at www.mintcast.org or, if you must, via iTunes.