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Daily Dose - Ubuntu Ditches GNOME

10.25.2010
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I guess this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been keeping up with how much (or how little, really) Canonical contributes to the GNOME open source project.  Canonical made it official this week that they are moving Ubuntu away from the GNOME interface for "Natty Narwhal" and converting to it's ironically named "Unity" interface.  Mark Shuttleworth said that Unity is "a shell for GNOME, even if it isn't GNOME shell."

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Michael Urban replied on Tue, 2010/10/26 - 11:50am

Saying that Ubuntu is ditching GNOME is not exactly accurate. What they are ditching, is just the GNOME desktop shell. All of the underlying parts of GNOME will still be there. Since the very beginning of GNOME, it has always been possible to use different window managers that are GNOME aware. In fact, the early versions of GNOME didn't even have their own window managers, and typically relied on Enlightenment, and then later, Sawfish. All Ubuntu is really doing is swapping out the GNOME shell for a different desktop that still runs ontop of GNOME.

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