Ubuntu gnome remix or UGR got serious attention partially because of the disappointment on the latest iteration of the Ubuntu desktop and its Unity shell. The Unity although a good idea, falls short of meeting the expectations of many users. Since Ubuntu uses the gnome 2.32 desktop the gnome 3.0 ppa had real issues working well in Natty (11.04). There came UGR with lot of promises to provide a stable ubuntu remix with a vanilla gnome 3.0 and its shell. So, where do they stand now?
Ubuntu gnome remix is getting in shape really fast. Within a month of the official Ubuntu release, teamproxy, the team behind UGR, made wonderful improvements. There are already been four versions, including two bug fix versions, released. The latest version, that is version 0.1.1 – ‘Nebula’, is released yesterday with numerous bug fixes to the system. The release also includes the UGR boot theme. It is almost a stable release which you could even use as your primary system (even though the website warns you not).
A shell script is also released yesterday which allows you to install the complete UGR with a single step. Have a Natty default install ready with all the updates aaplied. Download and run the script. The script will add the ppa’s, upgrade and install the UGR system.
You can find more details and a detailed tutorial on how to install it here.
The final release with UGR branding, wallpapers and a custom ‘iso’ should also arrive very soon. According to the website within three days. The UGR website also got some facelift and looks better now.