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Ubuntu embraces Unity and Wayland. Or, GNU/Linux is exciting again

Nov 09, 2010, 03:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

"After installing Ubuntu 10.10, I had a strange feeling I was seeing something that was already old. Yes, Ubuntu is a fantastic desktop system, and yes it's better than Windows. But today, in 2010, that's almost a given. And that's not enough. The IT world is changing, and PCs themselves as a whole are getting old. The mass is moving towards tablets, mobiles machines, and netbooks. Ubuntu, the way it is today, might be the best choice in a dinosaur world. I can't read Mark Shuttleworth's mind, but I can only guess this is exactly what he felt when he decided to switch to Unity (for the UI) and Wayland (for the graphics architecture). Let me explain what all of this means.

"Unity and Wayland

"When Ubuntu seemed to have reached a placid stability (which is not a good thing, if you ask me, when applied to software), Mark Shuttleworth came out with two incredible steps: the first one, was to switch to Unity. The second one was to abandon xorg and move to Wayland.

"The switch to Unity is major. In fact, I would go as far as saying that it's the bravest thing a GNU/Linux distribution has ever done. Basically, with Unity you throw away the desktop analogy with your computer, and you embrace the "computer as a tool" analogy."

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