Thursday, April 30, 2009

Try Ubuntu Netbook Remix On Desktop Ubuntu

Canonical -the company behind Ubuntu- released a remix version of Jaunty which is tailor made to run on netbooks.
Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix comes with faster boot speeds, and with a built-for-purpose interface that means that favourite applications and websites are just a click away. Ubuntu Netbook Remix makes a great choice for netbook users.

If you're running the standard desktop edition of Ubuntu 9.04 you can switch to a netbook interface quite easily, but be warned: it might take a little effort to return your desktop to the way it was!

Warning: if you're using Compiz (aka "desktop effects") please turn it off now. UNR doesn't need them, and in fact it may collide with its own deskop effects system.

Open up a terminal window and run this command:
sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

When you enter your password, that command will pull in various dependencies required to make UNR work. Now reboot your PC, and you should come back to a desktop that has the two largest parts of UNR working - the netbook-launcher app (the thing that now owns your desktop) and maximus, the window maximiser. But this is only the beginning of the transformation - to get the full effect, you should do the following:
  • Remove from the top panel the Ubuntu menu (Applications/Places/System) from the left and the switch user applet from the right, plus any app launchers you don't want. Just right-click on things and choose Remove From Panel to get rid of them.
  • Right-click on the top panel, choose Add to Panel, then add Go Home and Window Picker, moving them to the left and centre of the panel respectively.
  • Remove the bottom panel entirely - right-click and choose Delete This Panel.
  • Now go to System > Preferences > Appearance and choose the Human-Netbook them
Those of you who have installed Ubuntu on their EEEPC might want to give this a go!


  1. I will definatly try this, i'm pretty much a newb at linux as a whole but i want to get in to using it. Installed eeebuntu on my eeepc and i love the interface, might be what i need to get me in to it all together.

    That and its great to see an interface on linux which is different from mac / windows, give linux the individuality it deserves.

  2. Please how to uninstall this

  3. Nice but using a hell lot of processor...I wonder how it runs on netbooks...:)

  4. I know this is super late, but in case anybody stumbles across this and wants to uninstall the netbook-remix type theme all it takes is a simple command inside the terminal:

    sudo apt-get remove go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

    After that you still have to replace the panels from the top bar, even that is just a matter of right clicking and hitting add new panel.

    Keep in mind that after you uninstall the netbook launcher, in order to have your old desktop back you'll need to restart the computer, it won't just come back on its own immediately after the uninstall.

  5. I had to do:
    gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false

    to keep the desktop from displaying over the menu bar on the left side.

    Works great!

  6. It work very good and the boot is faster now.

  7. Newbie Question. I installed UNR on my laptop because I love the GUI. The problem is that I have a DVD/CD Burner in the laptop and UNR won't detect it. I can see it under the Disk Utility but when I try to burn an iso file with braserro or K3 it says "No CD/DVD writer found.
    K3b did not find an optical writing device in your system."

  8. I can't uninstall it. When I do uninstall it, upon boot I get a white screen.
    The system is still running because control-alt-t brings up a terminal.
    It just seems that when it uninstalled netbook-launcher it didn't put gnome or ubuntu-desktop back in its place...


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