January 26, 2013

Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10

I've written some about the decision to stop the Gnome Shell Remix. Well the folks at Ubuntu heard the call for a gnome desktop and the result is Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10. It is basically Ubuntu without unity which is what I prefer. Standard browser is Ephiphany but you can download Firefox and Chromium. It includes a nice Software Library applet. Not as nice as the Ubuntu Software Store or Synaptic. But you can download Synaptic. Initial memory used was just 196MB which is pretty lean. It comes with Abiword and Gnumeric spreadsheet, Rhythmbox, Dconf Editor, Ubuntu Tweak, and the Tweaking Tool.  I installed the Shimmer Theme package and put Grey Bird on it for a nice clean OSX look. Overall, a nice Ubuntu gnome desktop if you want to save time from all the tweaking necessary for Ubuntu 12.10.

What's Included

  • The Ubuntu GNOME Remix ships with GNOME 3.6. Please see the GNOME Release Notes to see what's new in 3.6.
  • GNOME Shell 3.6.1 and GDM 3.6.1. Among other improvements, the login and lock screen have been redesigned.
  • Web (epiphany-browser).
  • Abiword for word processing and Gnumeric for spreadsheets.
  • Evolution as email client.
  • Software (gnome-package-kit), which also includes its own update manager. You can install updates by opening Software and clicking Check for Updates in the Software app menu.
  • GNOME Classic (gnome-panel 3) is included but GNOME Shell is the default session if your hardware supports it.
  • Tweak Tool and dconf Editor are provided for customizing advanced settings.
  • Cheese is a fun webcam app.
  • Gwibber allows you to easily connect via social media.
  • The complete GNOME Games collection.
  • Rhythmbox is the default music player.
  • Shotwell is the default photo manager.
  • Useful utilities like Simple Scan and Transmission.

What's Not Included

  • Some GNOME apps will not be upgraded to 3.6 for the 12.10 release. If you want these, try the GNOME3 PPA. Affected apps include Aisleriot, Nautilus, System Settings, and Totem.
  • Web does not support Flash in Ubuntu 12.10 (904505). If you need Flash, try Firefox or Chromium.
  • Boxes is not included as it wasn't working earlier in the release cycle (1038763) . Also, qemu-linaro (qemu-kvm-spice) doesn't built on i386 in Ubuntu. qemu-kvm with spice support does build in Debian though on i386. (928432)
  • Documents is not included as it currently depends on LibreOffice, at least as packaged in Debian & Ubuntu.
  • LibreOffice is a more powerful office suite.
  • Ubuntu One is not included by default as it doesn't feel like a GNOME app.
  • If you want the GNOME Classic with-effects session to work, install compiz.
  • If you want Ubuntu-style notifications in GNOME Classic, install notify-osd.

You can download Ubuntu Gnome 12.10 here: