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Ubuntu's "risky step" of standardizing on Unity instead of GNOME

Oct 29, 2010, 23:03 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"OK, it's finally happening. For a couple of years, the standard for desktops has been edging towards mobile devices with every new netbook interface. Now, with Ubuntu's decision to replace GNOME with its own Unity desktop, the shift away from the workstation standard has actually arrived.

"But while the decision may be in keeping with the times, it's still every bit the "risky step" that Mark Shuttleworth described it as when he made the announcement earlier this week.

"In making the announcement, Shuttleworth focused on technical issues. The GNOME project, he said, had made some design decisons that were not in keeping with what Ubuntu wanted to do. He also mentioned the greater ease of supporting one desktop, rather than two."

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