Canonical’s Unity Interface Reaches Fedora
Canonical’s open source Unity desktop has faced its share of user wrath. But in a sign that the controversial interface may finally have gained a following, it has now jumped the fence into the Fedora world, with experimental RPM packages available for Fedora 17. And that could mean big changes for the open source channel. Here’s why.
In its early days, Unity — which is developed by Canonical — left a lot to be desired. When it became the default user interface for Ubuntu in April 2011, its feature set remained minimal, it lacked any serious customizability and even simple stability was not always a sure thing.
Fast-forward to the present, however, and Unity has come a long way. The scathing reviews and bitter user feedback of yesteryear have given way to acceptance and even enthusiasm for the interface. That’s a good thing for Canonical, which has firmly bound Ubuntu’s future to Unity and all but burned its bridges with the third-party projects behind alternative desktops, such as GNOME.
To Fedora and Beyond
In the surest indication yet that Unity might stand to become massively popular after all, the GNOME:Ayatana project, in a move independent of Canonical, has released a repository of RPM packages
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