p2pnet view Open Source:- In the next release of Linux O/S Ubuntu 11.04, Unity — not Gnome — will be the default desktop interface.
But it’s based on Gnome.
Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, who’s also the owner of Canonical, the company behind it, “surprised the hundreds of Ubuntu programmers at the Ubuntu Developers Summit” when he announced Unity is Ubuntu’s new netbook interface”, says Computerworld.
But Shuttleworth agreed it’s a “significant, risky step”, says the story, quoting him as admitting >>>
It will throw people’s confidence. I will preempt one important question: Unity is a shell for GNOME even if it isn’t GNOME shell. We’re committed to the principles and values of GNOME.
To make Unity “work on the desktop, rather than on the netbook, where one foreground activity at a time is the rule”, Shuttleworth said Ubuntu had “A lot of work to do around windows management”, says the story.
But “Lots of people are already committed to Unity — the community, desktop users, developers, and platform and hardware vendors”, it has him stating, noting in particular that original equipment manufacturers (OEM) like Unity and are “happy to ship it.”
But, the story, adds, “Not everyone is happy about Ubuntu’s desktop shift. Some see this move as creating yet another division in Linux circles.
“Shuttleworth admitted that ‘There is a group that will take offense,’ but he thinks if Linux users and developers focus more on what they have in common rather than their differences, this move will be good for Linux, GNOME, and Ubuntu.”
Computerworld – Ubuntu changes its desktop from GNOME to Unity, October 26, 2010
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