Umix OS

Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 18.04 with Unity 7 desktop

Umix OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with Unity 7 desktop. This distribution is for people who miss Unity, and who are not satisfied with other desktops that try to replicate the same experience.

Unity seems to be the only desktop with a global-menu implementation that works perfectly with all apps. Most desktops (MATE, GNOME, XFCE, ..) have a partially-broken global-menu that works with some apps and not with others. This makes them unusable as a daily driver.

Vertical screen space is something precious on widescreen displays. Combining the window buttons, title bar, and menu bar with the top panel is a basic necessity for maximising screen space and getting work done.

Even though Unity 7 is no longer actively developed, it is still being maintained. It is currently stable on the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS platform and I’m hoping it continues to be stable on future LTS platforms.

Features

  • Unity 7 desktop
  • Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver)
  • Supports BIOS and UEFI installation (both offline and online)
  • Integrated WiFi drivers (Broadcom)
  • Refreshed ISOs available every 6 months
  • Lightweight — Includes Chromium (with uBlock Origin), VLC Media Player, GParted, Synaptic and Tilix.
  • Dark theme for reducing eye-strain

Screenshots

Editions

ISO EditionSizeBaseDesktop
umix-bionic-mini1.4 GB18.04 BionicUnity 7
umix-bionic-full1.7 GB18.04 BionicUnity 7
umix-disco-mini1.4 GB19.04 DiscoUnity 7
umix-disco-full1.7 GB19.04 DiscoUnity 7

The mini edition includes a minimal set of applications. It includes Chromium, VLC, Synaptic, GParted and Tilix.

The full edition includes LibreOffice, Thunderbird, GIMP, Shutter, Peek, Kazam, Deluge, Rhythmbox, Pidgin, Pitivi, Cheese, Shotwell, Simple Scan, DejaDup, Baobab, Remmina, Timeshift, and uGet.

Subscribe

Umix is a paid distribution. A subscription is required for downloads. New releases are sent to subscribers by email. You can purchase a subscription from the link below:

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This gives you the following benefits:

  • 4 ISO editions (see table above)
  • Refreshed ISO files with updated packages will be available every 6 months (in April and October). This saves time after installation, as fewer updates need to be downloaded.

Notes

  • The price of subscription is for the work involved in putting the distribution together and making sure that everything works correctly. If you don’t wish to pay for it, you can download the official Ubuntu ISO and customise it to your liking. There are many tutorials online for doing this. There are even some Unity-based distributions available. Purchasing a subscription saves you the time and effort of creating your own distribution.
  • The “Full” edition is recommended for most users. It includes most apps that you will need to get work done.
  • Refreshed ISOs for Umix will be available in April and October. These ISOs come with an updated HWE kernel and updated graphics stack.
  • There is no need to reinstall when new ISOs are released for Umix. You can keep your system updated by installing updates. Since it’s based on Ubuntu 18.04 you will continue to receive updates from the official Ubuntu repositories till 2023.
  • ISOs are tested to work on BIOS and UEFI systems in both offline and online mode (with or without internet connection). If you face an issue with installation you can let me know.
  • EFI installation was tested in a virtual machine. You may face issues depending on the hardware you are running it on. If the official Ubuntu ISOs work for you then Umix will work as well, as they use the same installer.
  • Installing in EFI mode with secure-boot enabled is expected to work, but is untested. If the Ubuntu ISOs work for you then Umix will work as well.
  • If you have a Broadcom WiFi card, your WiFi should work out-of-the-box.