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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Jason Bourne Member since:

I've seen already a replicate of your post, about those statistics. They don't measure up the consequences of Unity yet. There is a lot of people still running old versions - to be perfectly clear, the right statistics should reveal a close look at the versions of Ubuntu being used. Unity based Ubuntu will be the smallest slice.

That is why this trend is obviously wrong to just say that "Ubuntu" as in Unity form, is taking over.

Edited 2012-11-11 15:27 UTC

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zima Member since:

They don't measure up the consequences of Unity yet. There is a lot of people still running old versions [...] Unity based Ubuntu will be the smallest slice.

Do you have any data supporting that? That's how it works, if you put forward some hypothesis - not just writing "obviously" and such.

And if you'd at least look at those Wikimedia stats, you'd see that there is some data there WRT Ubuntu point releases - 3 of them listed, 12.04 two times (x86 and amd64) at 129M in total (that is already mroe than all other distros combined), and the only pre-Unity that has enough to be listed is 10.4 (LTS, I guess) at 50M.

Plus, you'd have to explain why Ubuntu registered such relatively massive growth in the years when it came default with Unity (and why other distros clearly lost hits in the same time, hmm...)

BTW, a disclosure: I don't even use Unity, don't really care for it one way or the other (but, as far personal anecdotes go: I have around some people which use it, and clearly like it)

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