Unity 8 is not set to be fully integrated into Ubuntu desktop until around 14.10. So while you can install and run Unity 8 on the desktop of 13.10 it is not yet a desktop interface; the look, layout and experience are not yet tailored for mouse + keyboard use.
What Works, What Doesn�tUnity 8 runs as a windowed app on the Ubuntu 13.10 desktop. This window can be resized, allowing you to switch from �phone� layout to �tablet� layout.
Applications, files and folders all show up in their respective lenses, though many have broken or distorted icons. Clicking on a desktop app or file icon will open it as normal on your desktop. Those for Ubuntu Touch apps you don�t have installed open up image place-holders.
Indicators, the HUD & � for me at least � menus don�t yet work in this port. But, again with the disclaimer: this is very much work in progress. Don�t judge it as a final, finished piece of software.
Install Unity 8 in Ubuntu 13.10If you�re running Ubuntu 13.10 and want to toy with Unity 8 you can install it by running the following command in a new Terminal window:
sudo apt-get install unity8 unity8-fake-env unity8-private