"One of the reasons Ubuntu developers gather at the Ubuntu
Developer Summit (UDS) is to figure out what the next version of
their Linux distribution should be about.
"At the Natty UDS currently underway in Florida, Ubuntu founder
Mark Shuttleworth has provided a new desktop direction with a move
to the Unity shell, instead of the GNOME Shell. Moving beyond just
the user interface, Shuttleworth has also shared some insight into
where he sees Ubuntu headed in the next five years.
""I hope that Linux will be very widely adopted in five years, I
see good reasons why that might come to pass," Shuttleworth said
during a press conference call. "I think that the key challenges
for us are first in the form factors -- we support the netbook and
desktop today and the key question for us will be how we adopt and
work with other form factors."