Disabling Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Demonstration of two methods to remove Unity from Ubuntu 11.04

Steve Smith, host of your Technology Questions Answered, demonstrates how to remove or disable Unity in Ubuntu 11.04.

Episode #1-35 released on May 29, 2011

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Welcome to another episode of your Technology Questions Answered. This week, I'll demonstrate how to disable unity from your sessions by showing you a session specific selection method, and a future session specific modification to your login method. Each of these methods takes less than 30 seconds to accomplish, and Unity remains accessible for future use, if need be.

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Disabling Unity in Ubuntu 11.04

Unity is a new form of navigation for Ubuntu allowing users to quickly access most commonly used applications. It is also in its first stages. Most users, however, maybe be more comfortable with the Ubuntu Classic interface because it is clearly marked and displayed. Today, you'll learn disable Unity.

Session Specific Disabling of Unity

  1. Upon turning on your Ubuntu operating system, just before you login, select your username
  2. Then at the bottom of the screen you can change language, keyboard language, and session type,
  3. select Ubuntu Classic
  4. Enter Password and Login.

Future Sessions Specific

  1. From Classic Ubuntu Desktop, select system, administrator, login screen
  2. unlock application
  3. select Ubuntu Classic as default session,
  4. close window.

Panic Trick

I uninstalled Unity instead of disabling it in Ubuntu 11.04, what can I do to get it back?


  1. Press on Ctrl-Alt-T
  2. In terminal enter: sudo apt-get install unity
  3. enter your password
  4. allow it to install the Unity application from the terminal
  5. restart your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del

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Final Speech

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Host : Steve Smith | Music : Jonny Lee Hart | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Productions

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