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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: ‘One Linux’ dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

GNOME abandons Ubuntu Phone and Unity desktop environment. 18.04 will switch to GNOME. Future of Ubuntu GNOME Edition uncertain.

Ubuntu’s dream of a single Linux platform across all your devices has died, swiftly, following a single gunshot to the head. Holding the revolver: founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth.

Shuttleworth has shocked and surprised the open source community, even those who were critics of the Unity effort that was started six years ago.

“I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell,” he wrote on the official Ubuntu blog Wednesday. “We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.”