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Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next year


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 05:38 AM


 

Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops, Canonical is giving up on the project and will switch the default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME next year. Canonical is also ending development of Ubuntu software for phones and tablets, spelling doom for the goal of creating a converged experience with phones acting as desktops when docked with the right equipment.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth explained the move in a blog post Wednesday. "I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell," he wrote. "We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS," which will ship in April 2018.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/ubuntu-unity-is-dead-desktop-will-switch-back-to-gnome-next-year/?comments=1

 

 

 

All I can say is no no no and no, Why would you kill Unity? This could see me go back to Windows.

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 06:32 AM

Nick...you just might be in the minority in wanting Unity instead of Gnome for desktops.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:42 AM

Say it ain't so! I like Unity. Consider me part of the minority.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:53 AM

Mm. Unity's certainly unique.....but its one big drawback has always been the fact of requiring 3D hardware acceleration by default. It's the reason I quit using it, because it hammered my onboard graphics something rotten.

 

It's also the reason I switched to Puppy.....

 

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:10 AM

I don't have much time for Unity, but dislike Gnome even more.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:32 AM

I did't hate Unity at all. Though if they are gong with Gnome 3 generation, its almost the same thing. You got your side bar with shortcuts and then a a full menu of stuff when you click on the upper left corner... 

 

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Is it he newer Gnome you hate? Or just all Gnome? I rather like the classic gnome look, very simplistic with just the bar on the bottom or top.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:37 AM

Nothing wrong with older Gnome desktops IMO. It's the newer one that tries to be like Unity - or perhaps it's Unity that tries to be like it, that I dislike.

Last time I tried the latest version of Gnome, which IIRC was with Debian, I found it using almost 1GiB of RAM just to run the desktop.

The latest version of KDE uses less than half of that.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 12:59 PM

Yeah not surprising it uses a lot of RAM. It got a lot going on. I think Unity came after Gnome 3... but I could be wrong. I like Gnome 3, but if I need quick and light I won't run it.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

...if I need quick and light I won't run it.

 

 

^^ +1!!

 

Which is why, even in Puppy, if I want a 'proper' desktop (JWM/Rox works brilliantly, but it has a lot of 'quirks'), then I invariably go for XFCE. It's always been my favourite.

 

Lightweight.....and very configurable.

 

 

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:48 PM

Unity ain't nothing special and no doubt a resource hog.

 

I liked Gnome when I was using Debian Wheezy.

 

I can adapt to any desktop / window manager / GUI without any problems.


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:36 AM

Unity is the reason I use Linux Mint (MATE). 



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 09:11 AM

I am kind to sad to see Unity go myself, it was a cool experiment despite its drawbacks and was actually really nice to work with once you got used to it.

But if they are going to switch back to Gnome they better use extensions for it and also make Gnome tweak tool standard as Gnome shell sucks in its main form.

For those who hate gnome shell I dont blame you but i know some distros that do it well by adding extensions.

There is Manjaro https://manjaro.org/2017/03/07/manjaro-gnome-17-0-released/

 

And Apricity OS

 

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But knowing ubuntu they will stick with stock Gnome shell in its unusuable piece of crap default layout


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 09:44 AM

MadmanRB I think you hit the nail on the head with this statement for any Desktop / Window Manager / GUI.

 

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actually really nice to work with once you got used to it.  :thumbup2:


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

Well the only exception to that rule is default gnome shell, really its the worst DE on linux hands down


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:07 AM

So moving from unity what it the best shell? KDE?






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