I have one partition with Ubuntu 12.10 made lean. It is the updated/upgraded Beta 2.
I played with Unity for sometime on that. Unity actually make me little tired.
Downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 and installed Gnome-shell 3.6.1 from Ubuntu repos and uninstalled Unity. This Gnome 3 is the base of Unity anyway, I only needed the Gnome-shell. It worked much better than Unity.
Ubuntu 12.04 comes with Unity, by default, based on Gnome 3.*, new features in Unity interface such as HUD seems to be cool but many people still doesn’t like Unity. Gnome Shell Interface is another great option for them. Since, both the interfaces are built on the top of Gnome 3.* – they have no compatibility problem at all.
The recent release of Ubuntu 12.10, aka Quantal Quetzal, is a more palatable version of the open source OS built around the Unity desktop environment. Perhaps I am growing more accustomed to Unity, or maybe Canonical's developers are succeeding in refining the graphical user interface, so it seems less objectionable for me to use.
Recently, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu shocked the Ubuntu Linux world when he announced that the next release of the popular Linux, Ubuntu 11.04, would use Unity instead of GNOME as its default desktop interface. Why move from pure GNOME to Unity?
Ubuntu 11.10 is based on Gnome 3 – both Unity and Gnome Shell interface works on the top of Gnome3 in 11.10 (it was not the case in earlier version such as 11.04 – that’s why Unity and Gnome shell were not compatible, anyway it’s not a problem anymore).
I am writing a report and I have stumbled across a topic I am not quite sure how to to discuss. Essentially I have been doing a little research on the Unity shell system and its usage in Ubuntu primarily. I understand that Unity is a shell interface and that it runs with GNOME desktop environment.
Canonical is working on the next generation of Unity for Ubuntu, which is going to arrive by default in a couple of years. Until then, the upcoming Unity 8 is taking some baby steps in becoming a full-fledged desktop environment.
Unity 8 is the desktop used on phones and tablets that run Ubuntu Touch. The way it's designed right now makes perfect sense, but only for those platforms.