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Ubuntu Unity 2D is no more, and boy did it give me login problems this morning

by Mike Levin SEO & Datamaster, 08/20/2012

Okay, this morning’s Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha update was huge. It looked like it locked me out of my PC. It included a kernel and nvidia driver update. I threw caution to the wind, and let it do everything, but then it wouldn’t let me log in after the reboot. I thought it nuked my password, but that wasn’t the case. It was reporting a bad password for actual incorrect attempts. This was just not allowing me to get to the desktop. It kept returning to the login screen.

I logged in with the emergency console, and did an apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, and it got a few more things… no luck on the reboot, and it told me that “packages have been kept back” including the kernel and nvidia update. So, I did an “apt-get dist-upgrade” and it finally let me in, but my dual monitor settings were blown away.

I went into System Settings / Display and removed the checkmark next to “Mirror displays” and I had to rearrange the monitor icons to get the left monitor on the left and the right on the right. I remember way back I switched VGA and DVI cables to accomplish the same thing. Maybe they fixed that now.

Ahhh! No more Unity 2D. I’ve been using it to improve my performance a bit on my Commodore 64x with the original Basic Intel Atom motherboard. After successful logging in, I experimented with switching between virtual screens, and the fancy animation was back. I was like whoahhh, what happened to Unity 2D, and googled it up, and see that it is no more.

The OMGUbuntu page on the topic says that those lacking sufficient graphic grunt will get hardware acceleration through OpenGL rasterizer LLVMpipe. Now, everyone is running the same Unity, putting a little more unity into Unity, I guess. Well, I’m happy to go with it for awhile. It’s in the spirit of using the Alpha software. If they think they can do one size fits all, even for anemic hardware, I’ll be happy to try and let them know my opinion.