Ubuntu switching back to GNOME



  • Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.



  • @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!



  • @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!



  • So does that mean Mir is done too?


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    Wow just.... wow. This is really hard to believe. This is great news. Less splintering and a strengthening of the Ubuntu platform too.



  • @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!

    Hugs make everything better! My first distro was Gutsy Gibbon (07.10), so I'm a diehard GNOME fan.





  • @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    So does that mean Mir is done too?

    Apparently it is, the only reason for Mir was Unity 8 and with the that gone Wayland should get all of the attention now.



  • @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!

    Hugs make everything better! My first distro was Gutsy Gibbon (07.10), so I'm a diehard GNOME fan.

    You're making me show my age. My first distro was RedHat 3. Yes, 3. Not RHEL 3 either!



  • I don't think convergence was going where they wanted with Ubuntu mobile, makes sense I suppose


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    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!

    Hugs make everything better! My first distro was Gutsy Gibbon (07.10), so I'm a diehard GNOME fan.

    My first desktop was before the Gnome project.



  • @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!

    Hugs make everything better! My first distro was Gutsy Gibbon (07.10), so I'm a diehard GNOME fan.

    You're making me show my age. My first distro was RedHat 3. Yes, 3. Not RHEL 3 either!

    My first attempt was Sabayon in college and that didn't go well. I think my first actual setup was Jaunty and then I did the netbook remix. Interesting times.



  • I wonder if they will still try to make gnome3 look like unity 7?


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    @black3dynamite said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    I wonder if they will still try to make gnome3 look like unity 7?

    I'm sure that they will apply a lot of styling



  • Huzzah!



  • @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @thanksajdotcom said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @travisdh1 said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    Great news to me! From Phoronix

    Canonical has announced via Mark Shuttleworth they are ending their development of the Unity 8 desktop environment and will be switching back to GNOME desktop by Ubuntu 18.04.

    WOOHOO! I stopped using Ubuntu right around when they made the initial switch from GNOME to Unity because Unity was just horrible. GNOME FTW!

    @thanksajdotcom A man after my own heart.... I'm still not hugging you tho!

    Hugs make everything better! My first distro was Gutsy Gibbon (07.10), so I'm a diehard GNOME fan.

    My first desktop was before the Gnome project.

    My first actual desktop, I actually don't remember what the window manager was. Whatever IRIX used, I should go look that up sometime.



  • I really liked Unity instead... but tbh I was not really sure about the wayland/mir stuff. For sure this is the n-th project shut down by Canonical... are they still healthy?!



  • @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    I really liked Unity instead... but tbh I was not really sure about the wayland/mir stuff. For sure this is the n-th project shut down by Canonical... are they still healthy?!

    I'd say they'll be fine... Phoronix news has community people continuing development on. The ideas behind Unity were tried by many companies, Microsoft's Windows 8 being the other major one that comes to mind. I don't know of any that successfully merged tablet and desktop interfaces into one.



  • to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.


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    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    I really liked Unity instead... but tbh I was not really sure about the wayland/mir stuff. For sure this is the n-th project shut down by Canonical... are they still healthy?!

    Actually, this is a good business sign. Pulling back on dead end projects so that they can focus on important ones. Unity, like it or not, wasn't helping the ecosystem and was draining funds from Canonical for no reason.


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    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.



  • @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    Yeah, even I can setup and app to use those pre-defined CSS layout engines that resize content according to what screen it's on, and it's been something like 8 years now since I did any sort of programming besides scripting.



  • @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.


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    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    Right, but my point was that size doesn't matter. The interfaces already change size without any problem. That's not the issue.


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    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.

    That's what I said... the issue is different interfaces, not different sizes.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.

    That's what I said... the issue is different interfaces, not different sizes.

    Right, but size can affect interface. Just like responsive sites offer a different interface per size.


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    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.

    That's what I said... the issue is different interfaces, not different sizes.

    Right, but size can affect interface. Just like responsive sites offer a different interface per size.

    But that would be HORRIBLE. You don't want some tablets going to a mouse interface because they have a high resolution or small monitors going to touch screen just because they are small. That would be a disaster.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.

    That's what I said... the issue is different interfaces, not different sizes.

    Right, but size can affect interface. Just like responsive sites offer a different interface per size.

    But that would be HORRIBLE. You don't want some tablets going to a mouse interface because they have a high resolution or small monitors going to touch screen just because they are small. That would be a disaster.

    It wouldn't have to. Size can be one factor. It doesn't work that way with websites now, why would it have to work that way with a DE?


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    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @stacksofplates said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @scottalanmiller said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    @matteo-nunziati said in Ubuntu switching back to GNOME:

    to me that was great, a nice way to make a smartphone something more than a facebook client.
    from a high level perspective only the final layer of the graphic stack should be dynamically adjusted after evevents.

    • hey a bigger monitor has been attached
    • notify with evevent
    • let the xserver (or anything similar) adjust devices
    • let qt/gtk redraw the interface bigger

    to me convergence is probably more of a marketing / technology issue rathar then a GUI issue. there should be the tools for GUIS, I don't know if there are the apps the computational power and or the sotrage solutions for this.

    it's not about size, it's about presenting a different interface to the end user.

    yes. but the gui is just the last layer of the graphical stack. hell you can even code in html nowdays. even my small apps can change aspect with monitor change... and I'm just dumb at this. I've done totally dynamic apps in qt in the past, with properly different presentation layers in them. it was not for hotplug but for same codebase on different devices. still what a single dev can do in a small office is just a neglectable part of what a software house can do.

    GNOME 3 uses CSS to display with, so ya it shouldn't be an issue to create interfaces for different sizes.

    That's what I said... the issue is different interfaces, not different sizes.

    Right, but size can affect interface. Just like responsive sites offer a different interface per size.

    But that would be HORRIBLE. You don't want some tablets going to a mouse interface because they have a high resolution or small monitors going to touch screen just because they are small. That would be a disaster.

    It wouldn't have to. Size can be one factor. It doesn't work that way with websites now, why would it have to work that way with a DE?

    Because that's literally the whole point of the discussion, isn't it? Sizing is specifically what we aren't talking about, that's handled already and not a factor. The thing about Unity is that they were trying to make a single interface for different INPUT devices, not different sizes.


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