Ubuntu splits from GNOME UI

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth on Monday detailed how Ubuntu will split from the GNOME user interface for Unity, which is its Netbook approach.

Unity interface on Ubuntu 10.10 Lite.

Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth on Monday detailed how Ubuntu will split from the GNOME user interface for Unity, which is its Netbook approach. Simply put, Ubuntu will have a custom user interface.

The reaction to various press reports from Computerworld, Ars Technica, and others has gone to extremes:

•First, Canonical could be portrayed as evil because it's flipping its middle finger to the open-source community.
•Others say that GNOME was hard to work with.
•And then you get your Unity sniping.

Read more of "Ubuntu splits from GNOME UI: A good, pragmatic move" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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    Larry Dignan is editor in chief of ZDNet and editorial director of CNET's TechRepublic. He has covered the technology and financial-services industries since 1995.

     

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