Ubuntu with 'pure GNOME experience' coming

The new interface of Windows 8 has drawn both praise and criticism from home users to power users. Everybody seems to agree on the fact that the Windows 8 interface is a radical departure from previous versions. Perhaps you didn't realize it, but Canonical has been in the same position more than a year ago. The company behind the popular Linux distribution changed Ubuntu's standard interface from a slightly customized GNOME experience, to a heavily customized experience that got its own name: Unity.

Some people love Unity, some hate it. With Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical has put some effort to satisfy all users, by supporting GNOME Shell through the universe repository. You still need to install the desktop environment, but it's all a few clicks away. For some developers, that's still not enough. On Ubuntu's forums there's an active discussion about the development of a new Ubuntu spin, that promises "to ship a pure GNOME experience," according to Ubuntu developer Jeremy Bicha.

The name initially planned for the spin was GNOMEbuntu, but the GNOME Foundation wasn't comfortable with that. However there's a website carrying the name, that will probably become the official site of the project. There have been rumors the new name could be GNObuntu or Gubuntu.

Many details are still being discussed, like which file manager should be used and whether to stick to Ubuntu's default login manager LightDM or GNOME's standard login manager GDM. Developers agree on delivering the GNOME experience, so the distribution won't include Firefox or Thunderbird, but Epiphany browser and Evolution for e-mail. Because GNOME has its own office software, Abiword and Gnumeric will be included instead of Ubuntu's standard Libreoffice. Several Ubuntu services are stripped as well, such as Ubuntu One.

There will be a release based on the upcoming 12.10, but it won't be a officially recognized Ubuntu spin. The new flavor has to go through a standard process to become a formal member of the Ubuntu family. An alpha build will be released for testing soon.

Source: Muktware via PC World | Image via gnomebuntu.org

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jasonon said,
the linux logo reminds me of chrome's

That's not the Linux logo, it's Ubuntu's, both of which have been around since before Chrome

I honestly don't see what the point to this is. You can already install Gnome Shell in Ubuntu. Gnome obviously has a plan for for how it is supposed to be used. Too bad it is quite horrible. Terribly ugly by default (why are the titlebars so ****ing gigantic?), and navigation seems a bit odd.

They would make far more users happy if they released that with a Gnome2 desktop ported to GTK3.

Gnome Shell is just a couple of clicks away in vanilla Ubuntu anyway.

ichi said,
They would make far more users happy if they released that with a Gnome2 desktop ported to GTK3.

Gnome Shell is just a couple of clicks away in vanilla Ubuntu anyway.

I think MATE can be installed in Ubuntu too, so that Gnome 2 goodness can be had by all as well

As a fan of Linux I love what they are doing by adding more options to your desktop, purists and narrow minded geeks will always cry.

Meconio said,
As a fan of Linux I love what they are doing by adding more options to your desktop, purists and narrow minded geeks will always cry.

What the hell you are talking about? adding more options for your desktop? These are different distributions of linux. there is no option. linux is linux period. It was not and never will be as good as closed source for one simple reason that professional developers donot work for free and actually fragmentation is one of the weaknesses of linux because end users are always lazy. they donot want change. they want to do things simply and reliably where you cannot do in linux. Ubuntu was a good move but still years and years behind windows. I mean If an end user have an option between windows XP and Newest version of Ubuntu surely he will choose XP. Guarantee even-though he knows he should pay for office, .... and so on. They like to pay and have a better software and a support. that's why software business is up and running

Edited by trojan_market, Sep 1 2012, 4:39am :

S3P€hR said,

What the hell you are talking about? adding more options for your desktop? These are different distributions of linux. there is no option. linux is linux period. It was not and never will be as good as closed source for one simple reason that professional developers donot work for free and actually fragmentation is one of the weaknesses of linux because end users are always lazy. they donot want change. they want to do things simply and reliably where you cannot do in linux. Ubuntu was a good move but still years and years behind windows. I mean If an end user have an option between windows XP and Newest version of Ubuntu surely he will choose XP. Guarantee even-though he knows he should pay for office, .... and so on. They like to pay and have a better software and a support. that's why software business is up and running


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S3P€hR said,

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S3P€hR said,

What the hell you are talking about? adding more options for your desktop? These are different distributions of linux. there is no option. linux is linux period. It was not and never will be as good as closed source for one simple reason that professional developers donot work for free and actually fragmentation is one of the weaknesses of linux because end users are always lazy. they donot want change. they want to do things simply and reliably where you cannot do in linux. Ubuntu was a good move but still years and years behind windows. I mean If an end user have an option between windows XP and Newest version of Ubuntu surely he will choose XP. Guarantee even-though he knows he should pay for office, .... and so on. They like to pay and have a better software and a support. that's why software business is up and running

What the hell was that?

Someone needs a new chain.