Canonical Ubuntu splits from GNOME over design issues

Cristopher Thomas crisnoh at
Thu Oct 28 04:17:26 UTC 2010

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 06:59, Fred A. Miller <fmiller at> wrote:
> *Canonical Ubuntu splits from GNOME over design issues*
> <>
> Canonical shook the Linux world yesterday when it announced that the
> next version of Ubuntu -- "Natty Narwhal," or version 11.04 -- will no
> longer use the GNOME interface by default. Instead, Natty will feature
> Unity, the multitouch and 3D-enabled interface that made its debut
> earlier this month in the distribution's netbook edition of Maverick
> Meerkat, or Ubuntu 10.10. *Read More*
> <>

This does not constitute a split, not that they were ever joined.
Unity is nothing more than a shell run on top of Gnome.  Most
distributions provide some level of customization for the sake of
providing what they feel to be a more productive or comfortable
experience for their users.  This is a bit more dramatic than other
distros, so far as that goes, but it's the same principle.

The simple fact is that Ubuntu is the product of a company with a
commercial goal.  In order to make that goal a reality, they need to
provide the best experience for their users possible.  Gnome-shell was
not going to be it.

But that's just my opinion.  :)


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