After less than 24 hours with Unity, I installed gnome-shell. After some 30 minutes I have a desktop environment than looks far closer to the way I want it to. Things are where I expect them to be and easily accessible. What’s more it still feels like Ubuntu 🙂

After installing the key to customising is to add various shell extensions, but thanks to that is about as straightforward it can be 🙂

In case anyone is interested, the extensions I have added are

  • Frippery Applications Menu by rmyorston
  • Frippery Bottom Panel by rmyorston
  • Frippery Panel Favorites by rmyorston
  • Remove Accessibility by lomegor

Once installed the “dock” can still be accessed by moving the mouse to the top right corner and has all the usual functionality available (useful for adding items to the favourite menu).