Ubuntu 18.04 LTS To Drop Default Unity Desktop, Will Switch Back To GNOME

Short Bytes: In a shocking development, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth just announced that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ditch Unity 8 and ship with GNOME desktop environment by default. He also said that Canonical is ending its investments in phone and convergence shell development.

After a couple of Alpha and Beta releases of Ubuntu 17.04, which were called “boring” by many users, Canonical boss Mark Shuttleworth just dropped a big bombshell.
In a blog post, which is shocking in many regards, Shuttleworth announced that Canonical is making some big changes and ending its investment in Unity 8. That isn’t all. Canonical will also ditch the phone and convergence shell.

As a result, Ubuntu will switch back to default GNOME desktop environment for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, which is slated to arrive next year.

Here are his exact words:

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.
Shuttleworth further said that Canonical will continue to produce the “most usable open source desktop in the world.” He also added that the company will continue to work on maintaining the existing LTS releases and work with the partners to innovate.

Shuttleworth said that his convergence vision was wrong and perceived as fragmentation. He also iterated that Ubuntu IoT and cloud story is excellent and Canonical will continue to focus on them.

He ended his post by calling it a very difficult decision on a personal level.

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Posted on April 5, 2017 by Patrick

GNOME 3.24 Released

Hurrah! GNOME 3.24 is now available to download.

The latest stable release of the open-source GNOME desktop, GNOME 3.24 brings a number of new features and improvements to the proverbial table, including one that might even help you sleep better!

Night Light
As highlighted in our list of the best new features in GNOME 3.24, Night Light is a built-in blue light filter for the GNOME desktop.

Similar to apps like Redshift, Night Light detects the sunrise and sunset of your location and reduces the amount of blue light emitted by your laptop or PC screen in the evenings — potentially helping you sleep better and reduce eye strain.

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Posted on March 27, 2017 by Patrick

Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Spins Do Their Beta Release

Ubuntu derivatives opting to do so have issued their 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" Beta 1 releases tonight.

Flavors participating in the Ubuntu 17.04 Beta release include Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

Kubuntu features the latest KDE Plasma 5 and KDE Applications 16.12.1, Ubuntu Budgie is using v10.2.9 of its desktop and GTK 3.24, Ubuntu GNOME is using 3.24 Beta, and Xubuntu has its few Xfce upstream package updates.

Ubuntu 17.04 is scheduled for release on 13 April while the final beta comes in 23 March and release candidate on 9 April.

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Posted on February 23, 2017 by Patrick