Install Unity 8 on Ubuntu 13.10

According to Unity8Desktop wiki following the release of the Alpha version of Unity 8, the plan was to provide a preview Unity 8 on Mir session for Ubuntu 13.10 for evaluation and testing. The integration of Unity 8 into Ubuntu Desktop is not scheduled to happen for 13.10 but will only be fully integrated for 14.10 which is set to be release in April 2014. While we wait for this release, I will go ahead and install it on Ubuntu 13.10 running on a VirtualBox

Steps:

– From your Ubuntu Terminal window, run the following command

[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get update[/code]

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[code language=”js”]# sudo apt-get install unity8 unity8-fake-env unity8-private[/code]

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– Next run the following command to load standard theme icons

[code language=”js”]# export UBUNTU_ICON_THEME=ubuntu-mobile[/code]

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– To launch it, run this command

[code language=”js”]# unity8 -mousetouch[/code]

See my short video of how the screen looks like 🙂

 
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