Ubuntu should “take some Ritalin and learn to focus,” said Slashdot blogger Barbara Hudson. “A while ago, it was netbooks. Then it was some silly announcements about moving into cloud computing. There was also the recent noise about ‘open core’ … . After years of denying that their Hallowe’en Pumpkin color scheme was fugly, they finally dumped it … and now they’re changing it again.”
Linux Insider (worth the read by the way) has a readers comments compilation on Ubuntu’s move to the Unity desktop with the release of 11.04, Natty Narwhal. Is it change? Sure. Is it good change or bad? Time will tell. Though I have to say, the trend seems to be towards touch screens and multi-touch capabilities. Which if that comes to pass, the move to Unity will be seen as prescient in its implementation.
But the whole discussion misses a very important point — what desktop system does Ubuntu NOT support? Quickly anyone?? My point exactly. We have Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Fluxbuntu. So is it a stretch that there would be another, Gnbuntu? I can probably make pretty good book that such an distro will occur. The fact is there is a large body of end users who are familar with and endowed comfortably with their Gnomeness. So even as Ubuntu proper moves to Unity, Gnbuntu will arise and prosper. It just won’t be top dog anymore.
Don’t like that reasoning? Ok how about this. Unity is to the Windows Aero look as Gnome is to classic Windows. Take your pick. Its your choice, but only if you are a Linux user.