How to install Unity desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux -


The objective is to install the Unity desktop environment and perform a switch from the default 18.04 desktop environment.

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tap to click doesn’t work


Namer -> romerg

You can fix it installing “xserver-xorg-input-synaptics”.

sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics



can’t wait to see this when i load 18.04 this summer. I always wait to upgrade



I was aked to choose between two options during install…



I had issues with this way … stuff was missing … overlooking the sudden (it WAS stable for about 2 weeks… and I mean the unity side only) issues I have had with unity on my nightly install … I had issues with “sudo apt install unity” … with “sudo apt install ubuntu-unity-desktop” …THEN Unity … seemed like Unity


Lubos Rendek Mod -> Xmetal

thank you for pointing this out! The article is now updated…


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And what version of Unity is installed?


Xmetal -> 1 2<date related="" info="" for="" exact="" update=""> ... to be "exact"


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What 18.04 build is it?


Hi there,

After endless VLC crashings and video out of sync, I can enjoy ubuntu 18 with unity.

Gnome and Intel Graphics is to buggy and it was a nightmare.

Thanks a lot for the Unity installation commands.