Ubuntu 18.04 LTS to drop Unity Desktop—Switching back to Gnome

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In a shocking blog post, Conanical’s founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu will be dropping the Unity Desktop Environment. Included in the blog post, is that the company will end its phone and convergence shell development. Here are his exact words.

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.

Ubuntu has been receiving a lot of changes and updates, especially now that Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) has been released. The new version has a lot of changes, with the most notable ones being driver-less printing to support IPP Everywhere printers and also support Apple AirPrint—and the swap partition has also been dropped and replaced with swap files.

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Gnome Desktop

Conanical is making a lot of changes to its Operating System—Ubuntu. Clearly aiming to keep up with the competition. Gnome is a capable desktop environment, and in many regards much better than Unity. Now the company can concentrate on making an OS that is awesome on the inside while Gnome strives to make it good on the outside.

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