Linux Mint Not To Switch To Unity

LinuxMint is one of the most polished GNU/Linux distros based on Ubuntu. Canonical recently announced that they are abandoning the upcoming Gnome Shell and move to Unity along with a long-term plan to replace X with Wayland. This raises the question, what will happen to Linux Mint which is an Ubuntu derivative?


Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint, told Muktware, “We’re not planning to switch to Unity but to keep our desktop as similar as it is at the moment. So it’s hard to say how we’ll achieve this technically but we’re aiming at using Gnome without Gnome Shell :)”

This is good news for Gnome fans, who neither wanted the new Gnome Shell or Unity.

When asked about Wayland, Lefebvre said, “… it’s an interesting project. Ubuntu isn’t going to switch to it this year and we’ll see future releases keep X for now. The backing of canonical behind this project could bring it up to speed as a really interesting alternative and a good successor to X, just as it could make it something that only suits Ubuntu itself.. the future will tell. For now we’re sticking with X with no plans to change, but we’ll keep an eye on the development of Wayland and see where it’s going in the near future.”

Lefebvre concluded, “Anyway, it’s too soon to talk about this. Mint 10 is about to be released, and Mint 11 will come with the same desktop and the same X server in about 6 months time.”

Are you a Mint user — what would you prefer: Unity or Gnome Shell?

[Via muktware]

  • Jeff

    Unity looks interesting, but I for now I’m sticking with Gnome.

  • Zinovsky

    I found the actual look of unity ugly, for the moment i prefer to keep using Gnome.

  • Topo.ruggente

    I tried both (Gnome Shell and Unity).

    Both worked slowly, but my notebook is quite old.

    The first looks like too young to be used, but have a completly new way to intend the desktop.
    Need some more time to be appreciated.

    Unity is clearly created for small monitor and for computer with a low level of multitasking requirements.
    Whene you use the folders and files visualization is impossible to delete a file, so to do it you need to
    1) Open the Folders and files
    2) Open the Nautilus
    3) Find the folder
    4) Delete the file.

    I’m ubuntu user, but for now if i must choose i think i will remain with standard gnome interface or Gnome Shell.

  • tuxhelper

    How about an interface like that of "plate" which xpud created/uses ?

  • SnowChristie21

    I propose not to wait until you get big sum of cash to buy all you need! You should just take the loans or just college loan and feel yourself free

  • JANIEFitzpatrick31

    Some time before, I did need to buy a building for my corporation but I did not have enough money and could not purchase something. Thank heaven my comrade proposed to take the personal loans at reliable bank. Therefore, I acted that and was happy with my financial loan.

  • Leonard31Lorrie

    Some time before, I really needed to buy a good house for my organization but I didn’t earn enough cash and could not purchase something. Thank goodness my sister proposed to take the business loans at reliable creditors. Hence, I acted so and was satisfied with my commercial loan.

  • Robbie35Sparks

    It’s well known that money makes people independent. But how to act when someone has no cash? The one way is to try to get the loan or just bank loan.

  • Oldflyingdog

    As I’ve said before,  just make life simple and don’t get involved in this battle:  just install the elegant, fast and lovely LUBUNTU  –  with the LXDE desktop.   

    Brings you all the good things about Ubuntu,  without engaging in desktop wars :-)