Ubuntu is an open-source operating system for personal computers, smartphones, and tablets for whose commercial support Canonical Ltd is in charge. Unity is a graphical shell that ran as a default user interface since Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal upgrade. Developers have been working on Unity for six years now. It was meant to act as a unification project that enables users to make the most of all Ubuntu tools. However, without any prior signs, the founder of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, has just announced the termination of the project.
The Unification Project Will no Longer Empower Next Year’s Ubuntu Update
On Sunday, Mark Shuttleworth published a new blog post that brought some surprising news out of the blue. The founder of Canonical Ltd announced the end of a six-year project, namely Unity8. The next Ubuntu version, namely Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, is scheduled to become available in one year’s time. Instead of running on Unity, the update will employ the GNOME 3 desktop.
This move signals a major shift in the direction of the company. While Unity was an important unification project that promised to make the user experience more seamless than ever across the desktop operating system, the company is now after something else. Thus, Canonical will pursue the development of the platforms of Internet of Things and cloud computing.
Unity was a monumental project that promised to turn Ubuntu into an operating system that was easier to handle. At first, the unification project was intended for tablets only. However, the movement became large enough to engulf the phone and desktop versions as well. One of the most groundbreaking pursuits that separated from this work was that of replacing X-WINDOWS server with a new Mir.
The Canonical Founder Blamed Community’s Lack of Support
However, even though the unification project was a free and potential rival of paid commercial alternatives, Unity didn’t enjoy much popularity. The founder of Canonical expressed his regret that the community didn’t find the product worthy enough to believe in it.
“I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.”
Thus, the team of developers will no longer continue working on Unity. Instead, the company is going to focus solely on departments that are popular and drive profit. These are the Internet of Things and cloud computing.
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