Move Unity to the bottom

Move Unity Launcher to the bottom of the screen

Use this at your own risk! While I've tested it and this should work just fine (well, except for the known issues listed above), something could go wrong and I'm not responsible if your computer blows up! :)

For now this only works on 32bit!

The installation is pretty simple: you have to download an archive and move some files to the right places (and with the correct permissions). Let's start:

1. Firstly, download the plugin from HereAlternate download link1. Alternate download link2.

2. To be able to extract the downloaded archive, install lzma in case it's not already installed:

sudo apt-get install lzma

3. Extract the downloaded archive to your home directory. A new folder called "unityshell" should be created upon the extraction.

4. You should have a folder called "unityshell" in your home directory. So now all you have to do is copy/paste the following commands in a terminal:

mkdir -p ~/.compiz-1/plugins
cd ~/unityshell
cp ~/.compiz-1/plugins/
mkdir /tmp/unityshell
cp *.png /tmp/unityshell/
cd /tmp/unityshell/
chmod 644 *.png
sudo chown root:root *.png
sudo cp *.png /usr/share/unity/4/

Then log out and log back in.

If you use the launcher with autohide, make sure you set the reveal mode to bottom in CompizConfig Settings Manager.

Revert the changes

To revert the changes and get the default (on the left) Unity Launcher back, run the following command in a terminal:

rm ~/.compiz-1/plugins/

Then log out and log back in.
Jeroen Adolfse,
5 Nov 2011, 03:37