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Privacy Settings - Online Search option

How to Disable Amazon Products result in Unity [Ubuntu 12.10]

Ubuntu 12.10 has released with lots of new exciting features, but most users didn’t welcome the one feature which – integrates the amazon products in Unity dash serch results.

So, if you’ve installed Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and hates this amazon results in Dash search, then you should know that it can be easily disabled from System Settings -> Privacy  -> Include Online results in search -> OFF.

Privacy Settings - Online Search option

or you can just execute the command –

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

If you’re new to Ubuntu 12.10 and not sure how to get things done, I highly recommend this 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 beginners guide.

amazon search results in unity

want to Turn-off Amazon search results in Ubuntu 12.10 / Unity Dash ?

In the upcoming version of Ubuntu – 12.10 (final is coming on oct 18th, 2012), when you do a default search in Unity dashboard, it also returns amazon products in results, along with some expected normal results. Of course, Canonical will make some money out of it as it’s like an Amazon Associate program.

There is nothing wrong with that, Ubuntu has always been a free (in freedom as well as in beer) operating system for both Desktop and Server environment, after all they do need to generate some revenue out of it. Paid services such as supports, Ubuntu Advantage, Ubuntu One, premium apps etc also generate revenue for Canonical but it seems like they are looking for few more stable source(s) of revenue – this Amazon experiment indicates that.

amazon search results in unity

Why most of the users don’t like the Amazon product results ?

Amazon products in dash search ?  It may be useful and convenient for some users but most of them simply don’t like this new feature in Ubuntu 12.10. In most of the cases, when users search something in Unity dash, they simply want to search Apps or files, so the amazon product results are simply irrelevant. it looks like an unnecessary clutter in the results and causes some sort of distraction. There are some privacy issues too.

So for most of the users, it’s simply annoying and so they should be able to turn it off (wither in the beginning of installation or later via settings). Unfortunately there is no option available right now (I’m using Ubuntu 12.10 beta 2), so that you can change the settings to turn-off the Amazon products results from the unity dash search. But certainly, it’s going to be available in stable release or may be in next update or in next release (Ubuntu 12.10).

How to Disable Amazon Search Results in Ubuntu 12.10 ?

So until, you get any option for disabling the Amazon products results, you can try this –


0. Disable Online search results entirely in Privacy Settings or simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

1. Try keyboard shortcuts, e.g Super+a for searching applications in Unity dash, Super+f for searching through files and so on. The ads appear with full search mode only (Super)

2. Move away from Unity – try any other desktop environment (or shell) such as Gnome Shell, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon or KDE. The amazon_related_feature is tightly integrated with unity desktop.

3. If it’s too annoying for you, then better stick to the latest LTS release (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). After all, it’s an experiment, initially there wasn’t even any plan for disabling this feature but now there is.

I’ll update this post when any better solution will be available!

Update! added that privacy settings option

Update! remove the package from terminal

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Unity vs Cinnamon

Unity is the default Desktop environment of Ubuntu 12.04 – Precise Pangolin, LTS (from the last few versions, before that GNOME was the default desktop). On the other hand, Cinnamon is the Default Desktop Environment of Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Cinnamon Edition (Linux Mint 13 also comes with other Desktop Environment such as MATE, KDE, XFCE etc).

Although, both Unity and Cinnamon is based on GNOME 3 but Cinnamon is more closer as it also uses Gnome Shell as its core. Cinnamon and Unity, both of the Desktop is available independently, so any one can try it in any other (supported) Linux distributions such as Fedora, Debian etc.

Linux Mint 13 : Cinnamon Desktop

Desktop Environments : Unity vs Cinnamon

1. Ease of use

Cinnamon is gaining more popularity because it’s GNOME 3 – with the feel and experience of GNOME 2. So most people, using GNOME 2 from years feel more comfortable with Cinnamon Desktop. Unity has also improved – but it’s certainly not so easy as Cinnamon, specially for Linux beginners.

2. Customization Options

Both are based on GNOME 3 so you can easily customize using some simple tools like Gnome Tweak Tool.

Cinnamon is more easily customizable because of the cool applications available such as Cinnamon Settings; you can customize a lot of things such as Themes, Panel, Fonts, Desktop/Window Effects, Extension etc in few clicks. You can also customize your panel (very similar to GNOME 2), using Panel Edit Mode.

Unity does have some simple tweak tool such as MyUnity but it doesn’t provide so many options, in such a user friendly way.

3. stability

Cinnamon entered into the market when users were looking for an alternative to Unity and Gnome Shell. So Cinnamon is a relatively new project as compare to Unity. Both have bugs – Cinnamon freezes sometimes while Unity panel behaves strangely (sometimes I can’t find the active apps on panel). After the continuous development cycles, Unity seems to be little more stable (in Ubuntu 12.04) and mature Desktop environment as compare to Cinnamon.

4. Productivity

Cinnamon follows the conventional style layout so obviously the users (specially the GNOME 2 users) feels more comfortable with Cinnamon. It is like a GNOME shell desktop with GNOME 2 style windows, panels and more. Expo view allows users to manage work-spaces in much easier way. Unity can also be made productive if you use the shortcuts and new features such as HUD, But Cinnamon does that by being more simple!

Conclusion : Cinnamon wins!

Now, VOTE for your favorite Desktop Environment and explain the reason with a comment!

<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/6478329/”>What’s Your Favorite ? Unity or Cinnamon</a>

ubuntu-11-10 with Unity

Gnome Shell or Unity ? What’s your favorite Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ?

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) is rocking! It has gaining tremendous popularity among the common desktop users (specially developers). If you’ve been using Ubuntu for a while, then might be aware about some critical changes in last few versions. Unity is the default desktop environment – Gnome Shell is another popular desktop (the default interface for Gnome 3).

So, in Ubuntu 12.04, some users – specially Gnome lovers prefer Gnome Shell while some prefer Unity. Both seems to great and matured enough to use for common purpose as well as for production environment or heavy development purpose (despite of some bugs in initial release).

So, what’s your favorite Desktop ? and Why ?

Share your views and experience!

How to Tweak Unity Settings in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Unity is the default desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 (current stable version) or 12.04 LTS (upcoming, although beta 1 has released), so if you’re a new Ubuntu users and want to tweak some default settings (e.g fonts, icons, themes, behavior, launcher etc) of Unity Desktop, then try the Application called – MyUnity, very similar to what Gnome Tweak Tool does for Gnome Shell interface.

MyUnity – Customize Unity in Easy way!


MyUnity is a simple tool for customizing Unity desktop in Ubuntu. The user interface has been updated according to the new look of Ubuntu, so it looks more native in Ubuntu 12.04 or 11.10 (or older versions but some features won’t be supported). So using MyUnity you can change the default look/layout, in one simple click. The above snapshot – explores the options to customize the unity launcher, while other random snapshots (below) will give you an idea – about the things you can configure using MyUnity.




How to install MyUnity on Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 12.04, it’s there by default, in official repository so just execute the single command or search in Ubuntu Software Center.

sudo apt-get install myunity

11.10/11.04 users can install via a PPA –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Update! (Sep 04, 2012) – I forgot the cool app – Unsettings


Another great app for changing the default behavior of Unity. Using Unsettings, you can easily change various unity settings such as Unity panels, launchers, Dash and of course the other desktop attributes such as GTK icons, themes, cursor, fonts etc. If you don’t like the global menu in Unity, then you can easily turn it off, and get back the classic style menu.


Install Unsettings in Ubuntu [12.04]

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings