The unofficial flavors of Ubuntu 20.10 with Cinnamon, Unity and Deepin

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With the recent launching of Ubuntu 20.10, not only have appeared the already well-known official members of the Canonical distribution family, which are mainly responsible for adapting the system experience to other tastes at the desktop level, but also new versions of those flavors that are not officially recognized by the company.

Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix

One of those unofficial flavors is Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix, whose name suggests what it offers, Ubuntu con Cinnamon as the default desktop. The main virtue of Cinnamon is to offer a breakeven between the default simplicity and rigidity of GNOME and the enormous versatility of KDE Plasma. Focusing on the version at hand, in 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” we find the elimination of more Cinnamon sounds in favor of Ubuntu, corrections applied at the design level to the Kimmo theme, the recovery of Rhythmbox and the elimination of ubuntucinnamon- spices, which makers have preferred to be installed through Cinnamon to improve stability.

Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla” It includes the desktop environment version 4.6.6, which brings a system tray that looks more orderly; Nemo has been modified to prioritize content and performance; modifying Nemo thumbnails to speed up the copying and pasting process; improvements in monitor support, including fractional scaling, refresh rate, resolution, more settings, and adjusting the size of the application and icons to the size of the screen; more customization options in the keyboard applet and screensaver; in addition to fixing elogind support.

Ubuntu Unity

The second unofficial flavor is Ubuntu Unity 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”, an effort to keep alive Unity 7, the defunct desktop environment Canonical based on GNOME technology. Here we we find with the addition of “Compizconfig-settings-manager (CCSM) and many Compiz plugins and effects”, the use of GRUB in both BIOS and UEFI, the change of the default theme to Ark-darker, new options for the wallpaper (wallpaper), the inclusion of the theme and the Yaru-Purple icons, the inclusion of the icons Numix-circle as an option (although Papirus remains by default), the inclusion of a default fixer and various fixes to fix software bugs. For some it would be better to let Unity 7 die, but others are reluctant to give up what is for them the best desktop environment GNU / Linux has ever had.

UbuntuDDE

Finally we have UbuntuDDE, which uses the e environmentscritorio Deepin. This release has to be taken with more caution as it is still in beta, but seeing the growing popularity of the Chinese distribution, possibly this unofficial flavor will attract more than one. The people in charge of UbuntuDDE showed months ago their intentions to create the perfect combination of Ubuntu LTS and the Deepin desktop, and with the launch of the beta in question, based on 20.10 “Groovy Gorilla”, announced that during the first six months of the distribution’s life, the system was downloaded 600,000 times.

As we can see, there is Ubuntu for all tastes, despite the fact that Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix seems to tread on the ground a bit absurdly Linux Mint, a system that is nothing more than a modified Ubuntu with an additional repository and therefore with full compatibility with its mother distribution. We leave you with the download links of the systems that concern us in this post:

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