Linux News Today: Here's What Unity Launcher Looks like at Screen Bottom in Ubuntu 16.04
The Ubuntu developers promised users that they would be able to move the launcher to the Unity bottom for the screen, and we now get to see what it looks like.
Ubuntu user Matteo Iervasi posted a couple of screenshots with the launcher nesting at the bottom of the screen, and it just looks weird, although that could be just an impression after so many years of seeing it on the left side.
Canonical is becoming a little more flexible in this matter. Moving the launcher to a new position is just one of the things they are preparing for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), which is scheduled to launch on April 21. We have already covered most of the features that are going to be implemented, although more are sure to come.
A couple of years ago, it would have been inconceivable for Ubuntu developer to add an option to move the launcher around, despite being one of the most requested features for Unity. Now this has been fixed with a simple patch.
Unity launcher only at the bottom
One of the first things that people asked was if you can move the launcher to the right side or on top. That’s not happening in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but who knows if things will change more with Ubuntu 16.10.
The modifications to the overall Unity design are not all that important, and it’s very likely that many of the Ubuntu users will choose the new arrangement.
Matteo Iervasi also explained how users can test the new setting. It’s not difficult, and anyone can do it.
“Download all the debs you find here https://code.launchpad.net/~feng-kylin/+archive/ubuntu/my-unity/+build/8772686 and install them with dpkg (go to the Downloads folder, and run:
dpkg -i *.deb && sudo apt-get -f install && dpkg -i *.deb"
This command will fix all the missing dependencies 🙂 For moving the launcher, just install dconf-editor and go to ‘com.canonical.unity.launcher’ and set launcher-position to Bottom.”