Some questions about the switch to Unity in 11.04

Tom H tomh0665 at
Thu Oct 28 04:57:10 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 12:25 AM, Anthony Papillion <papillion at> wrote:

> 1. Does running Unity really mean I will not be able to trade out my
> desktops? What happens if I don't like it and want to use XFCE instead?
> Someone said, because of the tight Mutter connection, I won't be able to.

AFAIK, 11.04'll use compiz not mutter.

> 2. What kind of performance hit can we reasonably expect? I'm running
> older hardware (1.6Ghz dual core AMD Sempron with 3GB memory). Will I
> need to abandon Ubuntu or will my hardware man up and make it?

Can you run compiz?

> 3. Is this a test run for Unity on the desktop or is this the final
> decision? Has Canonical decided GNOME is out?

Unity's not a replacement of gnome but of gnome shell.

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