[ubuntu-za] Unity Desktop question

Nick Michael(PtaISP) nick.michael at ptaisp.co.za
Thu Jan 12 06:43:35 UTC 2012

Hi Charl and Quintin

Thanks to both of you.

I installed Compizconfig Manager

I set up the General Settings:General Options  to have :
Horizontal size=6 desktops
vertical size =2
number of desktops =6

In the Desktop settings I added Desktop cube and Rotate Cube and Ubuntu unity Plugin enabled
I also enabled the View Port switcher

I still could not  figure out how to rotate or change my desktop with the mouse

then I also added Compiz fusion Icon

Still nothing works

What is the secret to doing this ?


On 2012-01-12 00:41, Charl Wentzel wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Nico Michael <nick.michael at ptaisp.co.za>
> Hi Nico
> To keem my response short, I'm assuming you have basic knowledge on how
> to install and run programs, you can follow these steps:
>> Is there a way to get more than 4 desktops ? 6
> Yes, 
> 1. install compizconfig-settings-manager (a.k.a. CCSM).
> 2. run CCSM
> 3. Under "General" select "General Options"
> 4. Click on the "Desktop Size" tab
> 5. Adjust your Horizontal & Vertical Virtual Sizes
>> Also has someone made a decent  desktop switcher or switcher applet for 
>> Unity
>> Something like what gnome or KDE gives you
> Also using CCSM
> 1. Under "Window Management", click on "Shift Switcher"
> 2. Accept the changes it requests
> For me this is a lot easier, nicer and faster than the Unity Alt-tab switcher
>> In version 10.04 I had Round cube which worked with the mouse wheel to 
>> rotate me through my desktops like a giant hexagon
> Not so easy.  Round cube conflicts pretty badly with the Unity plug in.  
> You will find instructions on Google from guys whom have done, but it is not
> advisable.
>> By default , Unity is lacking or is user hostile in this area.
>> The lack of a decent desktop switcher make this O/S user hostile
> I agree! Last week I decided to switch to Unity, but it was similar to accepting 
> a hostile take over.  A lot of frustrating hours later with plenty of desk-banging 
> and shouting I finally got Unity customised to an acceptable level.  I'm still not
> happy but I'm working again.  I like new things/change, but they could have at 
> least have given us a more mature desktop before enforcing the change.
> My opinion is that Unity is still a long way from being mature and still lack
> plenty of features especially when it comes to customisation, fortunately I 
> found a bunch of useful tools to make the transition bearable.
> I would suggest the following:
> 1. Install ubuntu-tweak.
> It allows you to adjust many of the small things that Unity doesn't yet allow
> you to adjust, e.g. font size, icon size, 
> 2. Install CCSM (as suggested above)
> It caters for the stuff that's missing in ubuntu-tweak
> 3. Learn how to create launchers with custom right-click menus.
> Ok, this is a bit more technical, but it can help a lot, e.g. 
> a. Right-click short-cuts to open Documents, Downloads, etc on home folder icon
> b. Single Libre Office Icon, with right-click short-cuts for Writer, Calc, etc
> This saves a lot of space on the launcher, especially if you also adjust its icon
> size using Ubuntu Tweak
> 4. Google "things to do after install ubuntu 11.10"
> You'll get some amazing advise that make life easier
> Hope this helps.
> Regards
> Charl

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