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Growing Ubuntu for Cloud and IoT, rather than Phone and convergence image/svg+xml

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.

Wow! This is a huge announcement from Mark Shuttleworth. Personally, I think it’s the right decision and his reasoning is sound, I’m just a little surprised that it took him this long to come to his senses. I hope all my friends and acquaintances at Canonical come out of this OK.

Anyhow, with all reasoning and difficult decision making aside, Ubuntu with GNOME as its default desktop should be totally awesome, I can’t wait.

Ubuntu on Windows – The Ubuntu Userspace for Windows Developers image/svg+xml

I’m in San Francisco this week, attending Microsoft’s Build developer conference, as a sponsored guest of Microsoft. That’s perhaps a bit odd for me, as I hadn’t used Windows in nearly 16 years. But that changed a few months ago, as I embarked on a super secret (and totally mind boggling!) project between Microsoft and Canonical, as unveiled today in a demo during Kevin Gallo’s opening keynote of the Build conference….

An Ubuntu user space and bash shell, running natively in a Windows 10 cmd.exe console!

More information about yesterday’s Microsoft/Ubuntu partnership announcement. The details of how it works are better than I had imagined. To be honest, it all sounds too good to be true and I’m really looking forward to trying this.

Microsoft and Canonical partner to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10 image/svg+xml

According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, and Microsoft, you’ll soon be able to run Ubuntu on Windows 10.

Blimey. If this is true, it’s fabulous news. I can’t wait to read more details about the partnership.

Update: Here’s how Microsoft will support Bash on Windows 10

Based off developer feedback we’ve done a couple things: First we made investments that improve cmd, PowerShell, and many other command-line tools and developer scenarios. Second we decided to grow our command line family by adding real, native Bash and with it support for Linux command-line tools which run directly on Windows in an environment that behaves like Linux.

Wow. Again, fabulous news.