Fortunately, didrocks has tweaked the way UNE and the normal Gnome desktop interact. He set up a system where you can install UNE on a Desktop, or a Desktop on UNE, and then choose the session you want when you log into GDM.Running a desktop session on a UNE installation should work in an inverse manner. I will try that out in the next couple of days.
To get UNE running on your desktop in Lucid, I did this:
- Used Software Center to install ubuntu-netbook
- Restarted my session, it will select a UNE session by default. You can easily switch back to a normal desktop session by selecting Gnome when you log in with GDM.
- Went to System -> Administration -> Start Up Programs, and turned off Maximus. If you don't do this all apps on your desktop will automatically go to full screen, which you probably don't want on your desktop.
UNE is naturally very space savings. So you can see that all of the window switching and such is handled in this compact area.