I will be removing Ubuntu from my system but I would like to keep Unity shell in my system. As the other distro I use is a Arch distro so Unity can't be installed there. So can I install a bare bones Unity 7 shell in my elementary OS 0.4 ????

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    If you want to use Unity you might want to reconsider removing elementary OS and keeping Ubuntu instead.
    – lemonslice
    Mar 10, 2017 at 20:03

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Installing another desktop environment on elementary OS will probably break things. The elementary apps are designed for GTK+ and Granite, and they may not work properly under Unity. Additionally, I don't believe that Pantheon Greeter provides a way to choose your desktop environment at login. [Edit] I may be wrong about that last part - see the comment below!

See also: this comment on installing the Budgie DE.

If you'd still like to proceed, I'd recommend setting up elementary on a virtual machine and trying to set up Unity there before trying this on your primary OS.

  • I would like to make a argument that LightDM allows choosing of session during login and Pantheon Greeter also does. I can say it because the Ubuntu 16.10 installation that I will be removing has Unity, Cinnamon and Pantheon installed with Pantheon Greeter being the default for LightDM. Mar 11, 2017 at 3:44
  • Interesting, thanks for the heads-up! How does one choose a DE from Pantheon Greeter? Mar 13, 2017 at 14:16

Do you mean the terminal emulator? if so ubuntu use's gnome-terminal? or do you mean install a just ubuntu system with no xserver? "Unity" is the desktop flavor along with the display manager that it comes with im not sure what a unity shell is.


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