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Unity 2D has almost every feature that Unity 3d has. This includes the beautiful dash where you can search for applications, files and music (you can directly search the Ubuntu One music store for buying music). You can even narrow down your search results by using various filter options. Use the dash with the Faenza icon set: a treat for the eyes.
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Gnome-pie is a small cyclic launcher that can make launching applications more fun. If you do not like the dash, you can always use this Open Source software which supports both keyboard and mouse navigation. The official PPA is available on Launchpad.
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Light on Resources, Heavy on Features: XFCE
This is the what you get after you install XFCE from the Software Center on Ubuntu 11.10. XFCE is a fork of the GNOME 2 project and it known primarily for its simplicity and light memory footprint. But don't let the simplicity fool you, this desktop is highly customizable.
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Right-click Menu Increases Productivity
The desktop itself is quite productive. Right-clicking on the desktop reveals the Applications menu. Also notice that the dock and the panel has been repositioned. The iconset in use is Faenza. XFCE, by default also comes with a collection of applications to fulfill your daily needs (some extra applications seen above is due to the inclusion of some GNOME applications).
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Enlightenment is a window manager which can often be used as a substitute for a full desktop environment. Enlightenment has a light and refreshing look and should be good enough for your everyday needs. Another highly configurable software, Enlightenment is definitely geeky.
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Lightweight and Sleek: LXDE
Lubuntu is the latest inclusion in the official line of desktop environments supported by Canonical. LXDE for Ubuntu is supported by a vibrant community whose goal is to create a bautiful and functional desktop with very low memory usage. Normal GNOME software for Ubuntu works quite well for Ubuntu 11.10 with LXDE.
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LXDE: Ambiance Style
You can change the window decorators for Openbox using Openbox Configuration Manager. Themes can also be downloaded from http://box-look.org
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And if You are a Power USer
There is nothing in the Linux world as powerful as the command line. If you have the experience, want to know more about being a power user, you should give Xterm a go. Almost everything you can imagine can be done with this powerful and extremely productive tool. Having Emacs or Vim installed on it, do I need to say more?
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