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.

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It won't make any difference.

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CaptainN- Member since:

Depends on what you mean by "make a difference" - I used Linux happily with Ubuntu and Gnome for a couple of years. Market share wasn't the important thing - the user experience was. Unity wasn't as good as Gnome (I think it was Gnome 3, I'm not sure).

This was a long time ago now, probably more than 10 years ago, and things have changed. At this point I'd be more excited by something that included the Android Play store. Back then the thing just needed a web browser and Flash Player. These days we need some app store (though there aren't any great ones for desktop yet, aside from Steam for games).

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