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Some significant news about what was Canonical's next-gen desktop: it now works well enough on Debian to be its developer's "daily driver." The news was quietly announced on Twitter by UBPorts "creator and main developer" Marius Gripsgård. This is quite momentous in its way for several reasons. Firstly, that it's running on a …

  1. Mockup1974 Bronze badge

    Interesting. I wonder if Ubuntu Unity (still on Unity 7) is planning to move to Lomiri (formerly Unity 8) at some point? And then there was some other project called UnityX, to add to the confusion.

    1. Liam Proven (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

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      > there was some other project called UnityX

      Oh dear. I planned to write about this, but sadly, the developer didn't get back to me in time, and so I had to go ahead without it.

      Development of Unix 7.x is continuing. He tells me that Canonical had an effort to build a version of Unity that didn't depend on Compiz, which has been found and recovered. It's been merged with what was codenamed UnityX and that will be the basis of Unity 7.7: a new version of the original codebase, but now without the dependency on Compiz, and able to run on other window managers.

      So, for now, yes, Unity 7.x development is continuing and there will be further versions.

      Lomiri does not support the Unity 1.x-7.x global menu bar, for instance, so it may not suit everyone. But it's possible that can be added to it.

  2. 3arn0wl


    Is there an image available to download yet, or is it still WIP?

    I'd love to take it for a spin.

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  4. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

    Do people actually want this?

    I have to wonder about this. Unity was not universally popular when Canonical made it the default desktop on Ubuntu. I actually found it obnoxious enough to work out how to use something else (however, I think it is very suitable for mobile use).

    On top of that, it runs on Wayland, which the comments on the recent Asahi Lunix article shows has it's critics who want to stay with

    Still, I can completely ignore it as a personal working enviroment, as I will choose to do.

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