We are pleased to announce that Yunit is now available as an overlay repository for ubuntu 16.04 LTS xenial (64bit).
The following have been tested and should work with an existing ubuntu 16.04, ubuntu gnome 16.04, lubuntu 16.04 and xubuntu 16.04 installation.
They will not work in either kubuntu 16.04 or ubuntu mate 16.04 due to the updated Qt libraries (see known issues below).
Open a terminal and execute the following commands
if asked, choose lightdm as display manager.
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wget -qO - https://archive.yunit.io/yunit.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add echo 'deb [arch=amd64] http://archive.yunit.io/ubuntu/ xenial main' | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yunit.list echo 'deb-src http://archive.yunit.io/ubuntu/ xenial main' | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yunit.list sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade sudo apt install yunit-desktop
If you are concerned about security (and you should be), please verify the key fingerprint of yunit.gpg.key which is as follows
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pub 2048R/5604A4FE 2017-05-31 John Salatas <email@example.com>; Key fingerprint = 9F77 C889 C9A2 901F EA37 96BC B10E EEED 5604 A4FE sub 2048R/4007B768 2017-05-31 [expires: 2019-05-31]
As a general note this is considered alpha quality software and you should expect many issues and/or crashes. Currently we are aware of the following issues.
- Most of the Qt/KDE applications should not work any more
This is due to the updated Qt libraries (5.7.1), so if you are currently using any Qt/KDE applications, the last command
sudo apt install yunit-desktopwill fail.
This issue will not be fixed in ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The only exception is that we will try to test and fix any issues related to the ubuntu SDK. We will also test the possibility of upgrading Qt Libraries to version 5.9 which is also an LTS version. This combination (Yunit in ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Qt 5.9 LTS) would be the perfect choice to be ported to phones by UBPorts.
- Proprietary GPU drivers will not work
We have verified that proprietary NVIDIA drivers don’t work. So If you are using it, you need to switch to the open driver (nouveau) before installing. Probably, the same applies to other proprietary GPU drivers which we haven’t tested.
We are looking forward to hear your feedback. If something doesn’t work for you please let us know preferably via our forum.
What will happen next?
The release of Yunit packages for ubuntu 16.04 LTS marks or first milestone, regarding the availability of Yunit for all the supported platforms. Our next steps is to setup a CI infrastructure which will give us the ability to actually start working with the code and start improving Yunit by either fixing existing unity 8 bugs in launchpad or developing new features.
Will there be any packages for 32bit distros?
We would love to but due to our limited resources at this time, we are not planning to provide any packages for 32bit distros. However, if someone wants to be involved with this, then please contact us.