The Alternative Desktop projects aims to give a different take on the standard Ubuntu desktop package by offering a different set of packages along with a unique look and feel.
This project has mostly been started for personal reasons. Something to give me an easy to set a desktop more how I envisioned it. I'm also putting it together to give a voice to some of the great progressive folks I've met out there who have great ideas about how the default desktop should look.
The project has 2 aims:
- To provide a different default list of applications.
To explore what the Ubuntu desktop could look like with the technology currently in the Ubuntu repos.
What this is not going to do:
- Create installation disks.
- Become a Ubuntu derivative.
It is strictly a set of packages to be installed on top of a CLI install. Though this will raise the barrier of entry for some people anything else is outside the current scope the project.
1. Download a Ubuntu Alternative disk.
2. Add Alternative Desktop PPA to you sources.list:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
3. Add code below:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/alternativedesktop-dev/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
4. Install desktop package:
sudo apt-get install alternative-desktop or, for a non-free desktop (codecs and such) sudo apt-get install alternative-desktop-nonfree
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