Feedback on desktop convergence changes

Lutz Andersohn landersohn at
Wed Aug 20 16:15:11 UTC 2014

I agree with that completely!

On 08/20/2014 09:56 AM, Peter Rauhut wrote:
> Even if we remove the concern about where Unity will go, convergence
> of Phone/Tablet and Desktop code means that all changes that are made
> for the phone/tablet must take the Desktop into account and
> vice-verse. Phones and tablets are essentially used in the same way
> and making design and technical decisions for those type of
> environments to match is fine.
> However, desktop environments are used in a very different way. The
> decisions that are made for a desktop environment should not be
> limited by how it will affect a phone/tablet. My opinion is that these
> two different things should remain separate.
> On 8/20/14, 9:01 AM, Alistair Buxton wrote:
>> On 19 August 2014 22:19, Michael Hall <mhall119 at> wrote:
>>> The appearance of Unity on the desktop should remain functionally the
>>> same (it'll get a visual update though). It will still function as a
>>> desktop, the way Unity 7 does today.
>> I think the concern here is that the converged applications will be as
>> bad as Unity, and not that Unity itself will get any worse.
>> This does not affect Xubuntu however as we only use a couple of Ubuntu
>> applications which could easily be replaced if they go south.
>> A much bigger question is whether Xorg will continue to receive the
>> same level of maintenance as it does now, since there is very little
>> chance Xfce will be ported to Wayland at any time in the next two
>> years. (Since it would require a total rewrite and either the removal
>> of several features or a massive effort to reimplement the missing
>> required APIs in a cross-desktop way.)
>> --
>> Alistair Buxton
>> a.j.buxton at

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