Unity 7.6, the biggest update to the desktop in six years

Unity 7.6

After the criticism, my personal experience, and Ubuntu abandoning it, I'm surprised they wanted to resurrect it, but there it is, alive and kicking. It was the young Indian Rudra Saraswat who came up with the idea, and it seems that he has his entourage on this path. Like it more or less, it's just another desk, and it was idle until Saraswat took over. There was a time when he was in charge of UBports, but he left it for a new one called lomiri. And now, after six years, has arrived Unity 7.6.

Saraswatt says that have resumed active development of Unity7 and will be releasing newer versions with new features frequently. It also says that Unity 7.6 is available for Unity 22.04, and that will be installed automatically with the rest of the packages in the system update, or it can be installed already with the sudo command apt update && sudo apt upgrade.

Unity 7.6 Highlights

  • The dash (application launcher) and HUD have been redesigned to give them a modern and elegant look.
  • Support for accent colors has been added to Unity and unity-control-center, and the list of themes in unity-control-center has been updated.
  • Fixed broken app info and ratings in dashboard preview.
  • Information panel in unity-control-center has been updated.
  • The rounded corners of the dash have been improved.
  • Fixed 'Empty Trash' button in dock (now uses Nemo instead of Nautilus).
  • Migrated the entire Unity7 shell source code to GitLab and got it to compile on 22.04.
  • The design is much flatter but keeps the blur of the whole system.
  • Dock menus and tooltips have a more modern look.
  • Low graphics mode works much better now and dash is faster than ever.
  • RAM usage in Unity7 is slightly lower now, while RAM usage has dropped substantially to about 700-800 MBs in Ubuntu Unity 22.04.
  • Fixed independent testing Unity7 launcher (this will help Unity7 contributors).
  • Error checking has been disabled and the build time is much shorter (this will help Unity7 contributors).

As we have mentioned, Unity 7.6 It is now available for Ubuntu Unity 22.04. There is no link mentioned to install it on other versions of Ubuntu or different distributions.

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