[xubuntu-users] Unity desktop & the future of Xubuntu

Vincent mailinglists at vinnl.nl
Wed Jan 26 20:05:10 UTC 2011

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Charlie Kravetz <cjk at teamcharliesangels.com
> wrote:

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> On Wed, 26 Jan 2011 09:36:07 -0600
> Chuck Bearden <cfbearden at gmail.com> wrote:
> > This article
> >
> >   <http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/71717.html>
> >
> > suggests that as of Ubuntu 11.04, desktop environments other than
> > Unity won't be an option, though it's hard to be sure exactly what is
> > being claimed.
> >
> > Does anyone here know if xfce will be part of the Ubuntu distribution
> > after 11.04? Will I have the option of running an xfce4-based desktop?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Chuck
> >
> Unity is a shell used with Gnome. It is not planned at this time for
> compatibility with Xfce, which is the Xubuntu desktop environment.
> Since the Unity developers are not planning to completely replace Gnome
> at this time there are no plans to take Xubuntu away from Ubuntu.
Furthermore, the article has several inaccuracies and isn't good reporting
IMO. For example, the first screenshot is not the Unity shell but an old
version of the netbook remix that has been phased out. Unity also isn't "the
only shell option", as there will still be the option to run GNOME's regular
shell (not sure whether that'll be GNOME 3's gnome-shell, or the panel setup
of GNOME 2).

I could point out a few more inaccuracies, point is that I would take it
with quite a few grains of salt.

Anyway, Unity is not a desktop environment (like Xfce is) - it just replaces
a part of GNOME. Xubuntu, on the other hand, also includes a few parts of
the GNOME desktop environment that e.g. aren't provided by Xfce or fit the
Xubuntu mission better. Xfce is and will be part of Xubuntu, and will be
able to be installed in plain Ubuntu too.



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