Customizing†various parts of the Unity desktop isn’t exactly hard – most features can be adjusted using the ‘Compiz Config Settings Manager’ tool.
But CCSM can be an intimidating tool to play around with. It contains more than just basic Unity features, so the potential for the screwing up your system is ever-present.
MyUnity, a new application by Italian developer†Fabio Colinelli, aims to take the fear our of tweaking Unity.
The app as a whole is less intimidating than accessing many of the same features from the Compiz-ConfigSettings manager.
It also groups together many areas of settings into the one window.
Amongst its features are: –
- Change Dash, Launcher and Panel†transparency
- Adjust Dash blur
- Display ‘home’, ‘trash’ and mounted drives on the desktop
- Adjust launcher size, backlights and hiding†preferences
- Tweak font settings, including size, RGBA and hinting
Likely to prove†especially†useful is the ‘reset to default’ button. This is perfect for when you change something you didn’t mean to and want to revert.
MyUnity is available for Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10 (and 12.04 if you’re already on that bandwagon).
To get it, add ‘ppa:myunity/ppa’ to your Software Sources, update, then install ‘MyUnity’ from the Ubuntu Software Centre.