Ubuntu Unity 5.2 is Out – Adds Multimonitor Support and new Screen Edge Dection

Despite the criticism, Ubuntu’s new desktop UI called Unity gets updates quite rapidly these days as they’re preparing for the 12.04 LTS release. Recently they released the version 5.0 which brought improved performance, few quick-list enhancements etc. And the Ayatana scroll-bars also got few minor updates as well.

And few hours ago Nicholas at the “Orange Notebook” said that they’ve rolled out the 5.2 version of the Unity desktop that brings 2 “major” new features.

1. Multimonitor support:

If you have a multimonitor setup with Unity desktop then the application launcher didn’t support multiple monitors up until now. But as promised by Canonical design team, with the 5.2 release, now Application launcher fully supports displaying itself in multiple monitors (according to the developers).

2. Screen Edge Detection fixed for the Application launcher:

Unlike in the recent past, where you had to move your mouse hoover over to the left corner and wait few seconds for Application launcher to pop-up, now according to the developers, as soon as you “scroll into” or “push” the hoover to the left-corner, application launcher should say ‘hello’ right away :).

Since I haven’t tried 5.2 yet (as I’m using 11.10) I actually don’t understand what they meant by saying “scroll to the left side”. First I thought it’s as same as moving the mouse to your left side, but the Nicholas keep saying that you’d have to “scroll to the left” or “push”.

To clarify things a bit, let me quote one of the comments by Michael Hall

“Basically is “hold” you cursor on the edge, even while you keep moving your mouse (or finger). It measures both the speed and length of time you do this to determine a “push” value…”

These are the most noticeable changes in the new 5.2 version.

You can install Unity 5.2 in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (no packages for 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot or 11.04 Natty Narwhal can be found right now) by using the below commands in your Terminal window.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Right now it does not support ‘HUD’. So if you decided to stick with the HUD, then use the below command to remove the Unity 5.2 upgrades from your system.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge:unity-team/ppa

That’s about it.

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