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Shuttleworth: Unity shell will be default desktop in Ubuntu 11.04

Oct 26, 2010, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"I also asked Shuttleworth why Canonical is building its own shell rather than customizing the GNOME Shell. He says that Canonical made an effort to participate in the GNOME Shell design process and found that Ubuntu's vision for the future of desktop interfaces was fundamentally different from that of the upstream GNOME Shell developers. He says that GNOME's rejection of global menus, for example, is one of the key philosophical differences that would be difficult to reconcile. Canonical has accumulated a team of professional designers with considerable expertise over the past few years. They want to set their own direction and create a user experience that meets the needs of their audience. The other major Linux vendors, who are setting the direction of GNOME Shell's design, have different priorities and are arguably less focused than Ubuntu on serving basic desktop users.

"There are also technical issues that drove the decision. Ubuntu's developers are deeply dissatisfied with GNOME's new Mutter window manager, for example..."

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