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Tuesday, 26 October 2010 09:17

Canonical to dump GNOME

Written by Nick Farell
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Open Sourcers insist that there is no place like Gnome
Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth has decided that the next release of the Linux operating system, Ubuntu 11.04, will use Unity as the default desktop interface.

While based on GNOME, it is Canonical's own take on what an interface should look and act like. Shuttleworth said that "users want Unity as their primary desktop" and that Ubuntu had "A lot of work to do around windows management but that it would become the default" when they're sure that it will work.”

Ubuntu Unity will default to either a single window, single foreground application on netbooks, or a multiple windows, multi-foreground interface on a desktop or laptop. Users can still use the GNOME desktop or the closest thing GNOME has to Unity, the GNOME Shell if they really want. Shuttleworth is sure they won't.

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:03

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+8 #1 Regenweald 2010-10-26 14:38
Nick, Gnome is a software stack and is still the foundation of Ubuntu. The shell is simply a user interface, so is Unity, which it is being replaced by. Considering Ubuntu are going to be integrating Unity with Compiz and Zeitgiest, I think Ubuntu actually is on one of the few right paths in terms of user functionality in the world of Linux distributions. The Gnome shell feels 'for programmers, by programmers' Unity is shaping up for everyone.

So why such a misleading title ?
 
 
-5 #2 ghelyar 2010-10-26 17:18
If they were ditching GNOME, I'm sure there would be a "Gubuntu" shortly after.

As far as Ubuntu goes, it's always going to be as slow and "user friendly" as they can make it, and anyone who actually cares about it doesn't use Ubuntu in the first place. Ubuntu is a Linux distro for non-Linux users.
 

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