Keith C. Perry on 5 Apr 2017 22:17:37 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Canonical dropping Unity

I primarily use KDE and LXDE but every so often I do run my Ubuntu Live CD with either the MATE or GNOME variants.  GNOME grow on me after having to run Fedora for awhile so I even put Ubuntu GNOME on my Chromebook.

While I do like it more than Unity, Cinnamon or MATE would have been a better choice.

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From: "JP Vossen" <>
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Subject: [PLUG] Canonical dropping Unity
Canonical Killing Unity For Ubuntu Linux, Will Switch To the Superior GNOME
Section Department
Filed under gnome
Author msmash
Reader BrianFagioli writes: Today, the company admits that it is 
throwing in the towel on Unity, as well as its vision for convergence 
with devices like phones and tablets. Starting with Ubuntu 18.04, the 
wonderful GNOME will once again become the default desktop environment! 
"We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the 
company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be 
proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it's appropriate to 
reassess each of our initiatives. I'm writing to let you know that we 
will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We 
will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 
LTS," says Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.


I have mixed feelings on that.  I never loved Unity, but Unity worked 
well on small wide-screens (like my Mini9).  It used too many resources, 
but the concept of using the wasted space on the sides, combining the 
title and menu bars, and such was great.

Also, way back when I loved Gnome2.  It just felt right, usable, clean, 
clear and sensible.  Then they sent it right down the toilet with all 
the "simplification" mis-features in Gnome3, and now I find it utterly 
useless and worthless and I'd personally certainly never call it "superior."

So I'm a little sad to see Unity go, and really surprised that Canonical 
will downgrade to Gnome instead of moving to something like Cinnamon, 
which I really, really love.

I'm sure we'll hear more in the coming days,'s interesting.

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