Canonical Ubuntu splits from GNOME over design issues

Karl Larsen klarsen1 at
Thu Oct 28 12:48:29 UTC 2010

On 10/27/2010 10:17 PM, Cristopher Thomas wrote:
> 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.  :)
> --
> Cris
     I tried to get Unity on my 10.04 system but it appears unity is not 
available from a simple apt-get install. Not sure if I want more eye 
candy. As I get real old the simple Gnome interface is fine.

73 Karl


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