Wednesday April 05, 2017

Ubuntu Linux to Switch Back to Gnome as Default Desktop

If you are anything like me, Ubuntu's introduction of Unity back in 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), and becoming the default desktop for Ubuntu in 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) was a large reason for leaving Ubuntu and choosing a different distribution. In a move that for a split second had me checking my calendar to see if it was still April Fool's, today Mark Shuttleworth announced in an Ubuntu blog post that the distribution will be switching back to Gnome as its default desktop starting with 18.04 LTS. This comes after Gnome has been slowly regaining users lost after the retirement of the very popular Gnome 2.

Personally I am not sure if I'd switch back to Ubuntu at this point. Over the last 6 years I have been very happy with Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition, but after rumblings of Mint's poor performance in quickly adopting upstream security fixes, maybe it is worthwhile to give Ubuntu another try. Either way, this is a decision we won't have to make until April of next year.

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We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it’s appropriate to reassess each of our initiatives. I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04