The team is landing Unity 8 in the Ubuntu Universe archive today – great news!
Before you are getting your hopes up too high though, it is worth mentioning that 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. The QML based Unity 8 is currently fully integrated on the Ubuntu Touch images only.
This means that all data providing backends are only hooked into Unity 8 on Ubuntu Touch. On Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 Unity 8 can be started as an application and gives you an idea of where we are going, but is far from the intended user experience we are going to provide by 14.10. Unity 8 on the Desktop consumes some of the Desktop data providers, but the behavior and layout is not yet optimized for the Desktop.
How is it looking?
Simply said: pretty! Regardless of the rough edges. Remember, this is showing the designs which were implemented for the phone first, adoption for the Desktop will come later.
We have put an overlay in place (“Early Alpha, not ready for use”) to clearly state the obvious – don’t try this
at home on your Desktop (which had my vote for the overlay text;). If you want to see all the current goodness of Unity 8 you will have to give the Ubuntu Touch images a spin.
There is a lot of work to be done to converge Unity 8 also on the Desktop. Some of the bigger tasks are:
- Enable Desktop data providers (scopes)
- Desktop specific layout & designs
- Tune the UI for pointer & touch device input
- Make it a Desktop Shell rather than just an app running in a Shell
More details are and will be captured in the Unity 8 blueprint on launchpad.
Hold my beer… I’d love to help!
I don’t get it
Yes, you do!
$> sudo apt-get update $> sudo apt-get install unity8 unity8-fake-env unity8-private $> unity8