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Unity 2D GNOME Shell

There's a new cool dock in town and it works perfectly with GNOME Shell. Actually, it's not new and you've seen it in lots of screenshots or you may even use it already but maybe you didn't know that you don't have to run Unity 2D to use it: the Unity 2D Launcher.

Yesterday I've tried the Unity 2D Launcher in GNOME Shell (Ubuntu 11.10) and it works great (thanks to Luigi for the idea). Not only you can use quicklists and various custom launchers or lenses, but you can also use Ubuntu's Dash:

Unity 2D GNOME Shell Dash


Further more, the Unity 2D launcher is automatically hidden when entering the activities overview so it doesn't interfere with GNOME Shell's Dash (the dock in the Activities Overview).

I did encounter a bug though: the spread mode uses a different wallpaper (using the Unity 2D Launcher workspace switcher), as you can see in the video below. But this can probably be tweaked, I really didn't look into it.


Here's a video I've just recorded in which I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot with GNOME Shell and Unity 2D Launcher:




To use it, make sure Unity 2D is installed installed (available in the Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 official repositories) and then run the Unity 2D launcher using the command below:
unity-2d-launcher


Thanks to Luigi for the idea!
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