How to Install the New Hud in Ubuntu 12.04 and 11.10

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Ubuntu Hud

I think you already know that Ubuntu is going to introduce a new replacement to old “boring” menus in their next release. With Hud, you don’t want to search for what you want. You need to tell hud what you want and it will do the searching for you. A way to search the menus and do things faster!

Earlier today I wrote a small review on Hud at Cyber Gnome : Ubuntu is Going to Replace the Boring Old Menus with HUD! . This project is still under development and it’s not even available for Ubuntu 12.04 unless you use the PPA. The PPA contains packages only for Ubuntu 12.04. But if you want to try it on Ubuntu 11.10, you can do it with a small hack. So, lets see how to do this :

For Ubuntu 12.04 :

  • Simply, open a terminal and enter the following commands :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/hud
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

For Ubutu 11.10 :

Currently, it’s not available for Ubuntu 11.10. But, we can install it with a small hack. Remember, this is not the way to install it in the right way. This method is not recommended because it breaks some laws of physics. If you really need to test Hud, then keep reading… (I tried it and it worked for me). Also note that the Hud is still under development and it will be full of bugs. Do not do this unless you know what you are doing!

  • First, you better install the latest Unity 5. Im not sure about this, but to be on the safe side, install it. I’m sure about it! You must install Unity 5 otherwise things will break! Here’s the instructions : Install the Improved Unity 5.0 on Ubuntu 11.10

  • Next, open a terminal and enter the following command to add the PPA :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unity-team/hud
  • Now this PPA is only for Ubuntu 12.04. So, when updating the repositories, your system will search for oneiric packages which will give a 404 not found error. To fix this, we need to tell it to search for “precise” packages. This is how to do it…

  • Open “Software Sources” app (Search from the Unity dash)

  • In here, go to “Other Software” and scroll down until you find the two sources “ oneiric” (The screenshot shows “precise” but your system should show “oneiric”. It should show “precise” like this after we change the source…)

Software Sources

  • Now, select “Edit” and changed the “Distribution” from “oneiric” to ”precise”. Click ok and close the software sources


  • Next, open a terminal and issue the following commands to install Hud :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Now you have the Hud installed. Press the Alt key to activate it. It will be buggy and sometimes it won’t give the answer you expect because it’s still under development. So, what do you think? Ubuntu is trying to change things. They want to go in a new path rather than following others and doing the same thing. I like this but still hate Unity. What do you think?

Hud in Ubuntu 11.10