Ubuntu moves away from GNOME

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 25, 2010 11:22 AM EDT
NetworkWorld; By Joe Brockmeier
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The big news at the Ubuntu Developer Summit? Moving to Unity as the default interface for Ubuntu Desktop with Natty Narwhal (11.04), rather than GNOME Shell. Earlier this year, Canonical representatives had to deny that they were forking GNOME with the work on the Unity interface. (Quick disclaimer, I'm a GNOME Member and help out with GNOME PR.) Unity is a Canonical-sponsored project that was initially delivered for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. GNOME Shell is the interface being developed for GNOME 3.0, which was delayed to spring 2011. Apparently, Canonical were being asked the wrong question. During the opening keynote, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical is committing to making Unity the default desktop experience "for users that have the appropriate software and hardware." Unity requires compositing to work properly, which means users need functioning 3D support to use the interface.

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This isn't moving away from GNOME caitlyn 11 883 Oct 25, 2010 8:54 PM
All things considered... JaseP 4 682 Oct 25, 2010 4:33 PM

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