Another prominent Ubuntu Unity user detailing how he’s migrated to GNOME from Unity. It’s well written and thoughtful, with details of all the GNOME extensions used to emulate a Unity desktop. Using GNOME on my own systems, I was aware of most of the extensions, apart from Pixel Saver, which works pretty well on the small screen of my ThinkPad X220. Anyhow, reading this makes me feel kind of sad about the death of Unity, it really is a rather nice desktop environment and it will be missed.
We’re helping the Ubuntu GNOME team, not creating something different or competitive with that effort. While I am passionate about the design ideas in Unity, and hope GNOME may be more open to them now, I think we should respect the GNOME design leadership by delivering GNOME the way GNOME wants it delivered.
Mark is saying all the right things and it’s good to read that he’s respectful of the GNOME team. I’m hoping the Ubuntu devs and release team are listening and taking notes.
I like the way the Ubuntu Unity desktop works. However, a while ago I switched over to Gnome Shell to see what it was like, and it seemed good so I stuck around. But I’ve added a few extensions to it so it feels a bit more like the parts of the Unity experience that I liked. In light of the news from Canonical that they’ll be shipping the Gnome desktop in the next LTS in 2018, and in light of much hand-wringing from people who like Unity as much as I do about how they don’t want to lose the desktop they prefer, I thought I’d write down what I did, so others can try it too.
I’m hoping that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ships with a stock GNOME Shell experience, but this post has some good tips for Unity lovers.
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.
One man’s retrospective after switching from macOS to Ubuntu. I’m not sure why I find these accounts so fascinating, maybe I’m just a geeky voyeur, but I really enjoyed reading this.
Anyway, I thought his switch from Unity to GNOME to Unity was quite interesting. I know Unity catches a fair amount of shit, thrown by the haters, but I think it’s currently the most polished and usable desktop environment. I love it.
About a month ago, I ended my proprietary software experiment and returned my desktops to Linux. At the time, I didn’t give too much thought as to which distribution I would use, I just installed the latest Ubuntu LTS and got on with it.
For the record, I really like Ubuntu’s Unity desktop, I think it’s a polished environment and a pleasure to use. However, stuff like this makes me nervous. Basically, I don’t like investing time in something when I feel there is a large amount of uncertainty around its future. So, a few weeks after installing Ubuntu, I went looking for an alternative.
My first stop was Ubuntu MATE. I knew I wouldn’t end-up using it, but I was intrigued to find out more about it. I only used it briefly, but from what I did experience, the system worked really well. In fact, I was surprised by how much I liked it and if I hadn’t already experienced more modern desktop environments, I might have stuck with it a little longer.
My next stop was Fedora 24 Workstation. I thought I’d give it a try as I’d heard good things about it from my friend Graham, and because I figured it would probably offer a good GNOME experience. It did, GNOME on Fedora is beautifully done. I enjoyed my brief stint on Fedora, but it didn’t last long as I couldn’t help but feel that I’d be wasting 10+ years of experience working with Debian based systems.
So, I replaced Fedora with Debian. I opted for unstable as I knew it would offer the latest GNOME packages and I’m confident that I can resolve any issues one should expect from running a development branch. And that’s where I’m at now. I’m super-happy with my desktop, GNOME is working really well, it looks amazing, it’s fast and it provides me a level of comfortable familiarity. Finally, and possibly most importantly, I don’t feel at all uneasy or uncertain about its future.
Over the past fortnight we asked you to nominate your top extensions for the GNOME desktop. And you did just that. Having now sifted through the hundreds of entries, we’re ready to reveal your favourite GNOME Shell extensions.
No spoilers, but I’d agree with the top 3. I’d probably replace no.4 with Clipboard Indicator, and no.5 with erm, nothing as I don’t use any other extensions.
Note, it should be said that these extensions should work on any GNOME system, not just Ubuntu systems. I guess the headline is due to the fact that the poll was on OMG! Ubuntu!
Leo Laporte has been threatening to go Linux for several months, so it’s nice to see him come good on his threats and review his new Oryx Pro Linux laptop from System76. The laptop looks really nice, although it’s probably a little too large for my liking.
In the video, he mentions that he purchased the machine with the intention of using it on his shows, so it’ll be interesting to see which shows it makes an appearance on, and how long it lasts. I also found it interesting that he immediately removed Ubuntu Unity in favour of using Ubuntu GNOME. I’ve been using Unity for a couple of weeks now and for the most part, I’m really liking it, that said, I have taken a quick look at GNOME 3.20 running on Fedora 24 and it’s also really nice, so I can see the attraction.
Regardless of the distro and desktop environment, it’s good to see Leo embracing Linux and hopefully it’ll start receiving a bit more attention on the TWiT shows.
P.S. Nice shirt!
We’re all used to hearing about features GNOME has retired, moved, or outright dropped from Nautilus (aka ‘Files’), the GNOME file manager.
Pop a cushion on the floor to break your jaw crashing from the following news: for the release of GNOME 3.22 later this year GNOME has actually added a new feature!
Haha, it’s funny what Linux users get excited about.
A good overview of some of the changes in GNOME 3.20. At the time of writing this, 3.20 is only partially available in Debian Sid, so it looks like I’ve got some goodies coming my way. Also, I wasn’t aware of Polari, so I gave it a quick try tonight. It seems like a really nice IRC client, I love the clean and simple UI.