So I wanted to try out the Canonical’s newest and greatest Ubuntu release and it’s new Unity UI in a sandboxd VM, but was a very sad panda to find that the 3d acceleration wasn’t working properly. After installation I was still looking at Ubuntu’s classic UI which is still good but not what I was looking for. Luckily there’s a 2d version of the UI that doesn’t depend on 3d acceleration and all it takes to add is 3 lines in the terminal.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-2d-team/unity-2d-daily
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install unity-2d-default-settings
Basically above you’re adding the repo for the 2d version, updating your listings and installing it.
Logout, select your login-name, select Unity 2d from the bottom bar and off you go.
UPDATE: Updating to Virtualbox to 4.06 and installing the guest additions plus several reboots got Unity working there, but no luck on the VMware side yet.
UPDATE: I lie. I can’t get the theme to stick in virtualbox. Back to 2d for me.