Linked by pepa on Fri 9th Nov 2012 23:18 UTC
Gnome "I'm writing to inform you that the release team discussed Drop or Fix Fallback Mode yesterday. We've come to the conclusion that we can't maintain fallback mode in reasonable quality, and are better off dropping it." Gnome-fallback has been my refuge, as I find both Unity and Gnome 3's shell unusable. Yes, we have been warned this would happen. I thought the cost of maintaining gnome-panel would be so low that it might never need to happen. But as it appears, it is deemed necessary. As for me, I'm bound for something Qt, as I am very angry at Gnome for abandoning its 'classic' users.
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Since the introduction of Unity, Ubuntu is facing a huge decline.

That's most likely not true - in fact, Ubuntu might be pretty much the only non-Android Linux which sees a significant growth. Now, reliable statistics are hard to come by, but...

1. you can be sure Distrowatch ranking isn't anywhere near reliable.

2. luckily, we have stats of hits on all Wikimedia services:
Ubuntu 1,189 M 0.69%
Mint 11 M 0.01% (supposedly "stealing" users from Ubuntu... two orders of magnitude less)

But what about trends, you say? Let's check a year ago:
Ubuntu 522 M 0.41%
Mint 17.3 M 0.01%
...yeah (in fact, all notable non-Ubuntu & non-Android distros decreased in those stats over the last year)

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