Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 17:28 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth, dropping a bombshell on a boring Wednesday:

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 LTS.


I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts. In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a 'better the devil you know' approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.

That just happened.

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by SaschaW on Fri 7th Apr 2017 14:44 UTC
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I feel that Ubuntu has lost a lot of it's momentum. They tried very hard to compete with with more established desktop operating systems, by releasing a modified version of Debian. I always felt that they added a lot of differentiation between themselves and other Linux distros. But ultimately they only ended up competing with other Linux desktops. When I first saw Unity it immediately reminded me of macOS with the dock pinned to the left hand side. This was certainly appreciated by Mac users, but I hardly think it won anyone over.

It appears however that Ubuntu made a good splash as server OS. I think that's what they should focus on and get rid of the things that nobody wants or uses.

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