Testing unity session in Focal Fossa - 20.04


  • Background drawing is now in the u-s-d and we don’t depend on libgnome-desktop for it anymore. I have added unity, unity-control-center and unity-settings daemon in the maintainer ppa. You can test by changing the wallpaper from u-c-c. Lock screen should also reflect that change. Control center version now has 20.04

  • An update for indicator-appmenu (fix glib related regressions)

  • WIP: Removal of rest of gnome-settings-daemon schemas & numlock key fix.

  • In-progress: Unity-greeter, Fix build for new vala and version number update

For me unity related settings did not get automatically applied even after reinstalling gsettings-ubuntu-schemas but manually setting those through dconf works.

1 Like

Thanks @khurshid-alam! The time is great because the new gnome-desktop has been uploaded to focal today … do you have something ready for upload/that needs sponsoring for those unity components?

Thanks @khurshid-alam!
Control Center version is 20.04, but the login screen still says it is 19.10 (bottom left corner). I can manually change it (/usr/share/unity-greeter/logo.png), but would be better, if it came from the unity/ppa. :slight_smile:

1 Like

That will be fixed with new unity greeter upload.


Hello! I made some mock-ups concerning the Yaru support for Unity.

I stitched it from the available Yaru elements, but added those related to the Unity desktop, like the titlebar; close, minimise, maximise buttons; and different drop-down menus.

The icons here are Yaru’s folders and symbolics (both of which btw are fantastic!), mixed with the Gnome icons, for the rest of the set, without replacing any 3rd application icons. This is similar to how the icon set was in Unity, and I think it is better overall, than the current Yaru set, as the Gnome icons are quite nice and mix well with other shapes and colours. Additionally some Gnome icons may be combined with the Humanity or Yaru elements, like the sound file and the html link icons here.

The icons on the top bar are mostly from the unrealised Suru. Some, like the battery, network and keyboard layout icons, maybe mixed in from the old Ubuntu Mono Dark set, but modified to be of only plain colour, without any shadows.

And as Nemo is already being used to draw the desktop icons, it makes sense to make it the main FM.

I also added a bit of restyling for the very nice program called Gnome Sushi here, just in case.

Hope this may be of use to anybody and thank you for your efforts!


The new unity packages install but after reboot no login possible, appears compiz is crashing.
(- It would appear some ‘support’ packages for unity to work are sitting in proposed…

Maybe, you’d like to upload your work somewhere? :sunny:

1 Like

I had the new packages installed few days ago. Today, I upgraded again, and rebooted twice to see, if something is wrong with Compiz. I could login both times normally. I don’t have proposed either. Compiz eye-candy is working too.

Can I safely uninstall libgnome-desktop?

1 Like

@mc3man Unity requires a rebuild against newer unity-settings-daemon-dev which is still in the proposed. Unity got landed first. There will be few other merge for u-s-d, u-c-c, unity and greeter. Unity will rebuild again when that happen.

Meanwhile you can use the downgraded version from the ppa or wait till I update the ppa.


No. Only background drawing has been ported. Thumbnailer still requires it.

1 Like

Thanks! So far I only uploaded this on r/Ubuntu : https://www.reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/faz3lw/i_want_to_share_my_fantasy_on_how_a_more_modern/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

And I can share more details, colour codes or vector files regarding things I added, if anyone needs them, as unfortunately, I cannot implement this myself into a working theme.

And here’s my attempt to make an icon for the file manager (not finished): fm-ic1



  • I have now completed usd-schemas port and updated the ppa. This includes unity, unity-settings-daemon, unity-control-center & unity-greeter.

  • notify-osd now requires newer libwnck3 (someone needs to package it in debian experimental). Unitil that happens both of them will be included in the ppa.

  • Ubuntu-unity-desktop meta package will be updated soon.

Edit: Hud is also in the ppa.


Thank you all so much for keeping Unity DE alive. Testing it in 20.04 now :slight_smile:


If I want to test latest Unity 7 in Focal, what packages should I install? Unity-session? Ubuntu-unity-desktop? Add a Unity-ppa before or after I’ve installed Unity from the repos? Thanks!

@joshi81 I suggest your read Unity in Focal

Easiest virtual desktops…


AMAZING! Really like it. I wanna if anyone is maintaining a Unity Remix, because I would use for sure!


Check @khurshid-alam’s posts. He maintains the ppa, and most of the goodness you get from Unity now. For example, this one.

1 Like

I’ve been using DE since version 18.10, where this bug still persists:

In this first image, we have the interface in its normal state:

When accessing the Unity Tweak Tool, in the Appearance section, when switching to Custom, we have it again normal:

When switching the selection back to Based on Wallpaper, the icons disappear from the taskbar and from the application menu:

I tried to reset the DE, but there was an error in both commands:

The only remaining option is to leave the Custom option checked so that the icons appear again:

Is there any way to solve it?

The logo at the bottom of the login screen looks this way now. I added the black background for clarity.

1 Like