Originally Posted by GlenBarrington
Well, It's been a year or so since I played with Unbutu, but I vaguely recall that Unity was optional, right in the install. You had a choice between Unity and. . . something else (sorry, can't recall). You might want to go on one of the dedicated Linux sites and ask around about how much hassle putting a different UI is on Unbutu 12. Seems a shame to give up a distro you like without some sort of investigation on how to tailor it for your needs.
Kubuntu used to be the main-tier alternate frontend, but it had some community issues and never quite got to the same level as main-trunk Ubuntu. Which was a shame because KDE is a great frontend compared to Unity.
Does Unity even have re-orderable buttons on the side panel yet?