Friday, August 1, 2014

Replacing Unity on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr with Cinnamon Desktop and Cairo Dock

As I said in an earlier post back in January 2013, I am not a fan of Unity which is the default desktop installed with Ubuntu Trusty Tahr.

I rather like the Cairo Dock to get a Mac-like menu, application, notification, icon list thingy at the bottom of the desktop and have used Cairo Dock way back to Lucid Lynx (which was 2010).

I also run Cinnamon Desktop as the default desktop and run Cairo Dock at start up. I auto-hide the Cinnamon panel at the top of the screen. The notification area for icons is much better with Gnome so I need the panel to be able to see some of the IBM specific notification icons. Auto-hide at the top so you do not see the panel and it takes up zero screen space, but is still available when needed.

To install Cairo Dock, I followed the steps:

% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins


To install Cinnamon Desktop, I followed the steps:

% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lestcape/cinnamon
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install cinnamon


To run Cinnamon, you select the desktop using the icon below the password on the Ubuntu login screen.

Installing Google Chrome 64bit on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr

There is a third party PPA repository for Google Chrome.

To install the repository key run the following:

% wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

To setup the repository run the following:

% sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

Finally to install the chrome browser run the following:

% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable