Install Unity Desktop Environment in Arch Linux

If you like Unity but run Arch Linux then good news ! You can install Unity with a few simple steps. There are 3 ways to do it according to the Arch wiki, from source, from a repository or from a testing repository. We will be doing the recommended way of installing Unity, adding a repository.

We need to edit our /etc/pacman.conf file so open a terminal and type :

$ sudo nano /etc/pacman.conf

Then right at the bottom there should be a place to add your own repositories, copy these lines into the file :

[Unity-for-Arch]

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll

Server = http://dl.dropbox.com/u/486665/Repos/Unity-for-Arch/$arch

[Unity-for-Arch-Extra]

SigLevel = Optional TrustAll

Server = http://dl.dropbox.com/u/486665/Repos/Unity-for-Arch-Extra/$arch

Save and exit with CTRL+X then Y and ENTER. Now type in the following command to update the repositories :

$ pacman -Suy

And this one to install Unity, hitting Y whenever prompted :

$ pacman -S $(pacman -Slq Unity-for-Arch)

You should now be able to log out and back in changing your session to Unity, have a look around, but expect rough edges, on my system the settings menus were missing most of there colour, only there where the writing was (which works i suppose :P). Enjoy !

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