Ubuntu Linux users had to make do with the default Unity desktop environment which came with the operating system. Over time, the complaints started increasing and developers started working on a new flavor. The launch of the GNOME Remix almost a year back provided the option for users to shun Unity and get a new desktop environment for their PCs. However, the flavor had not been officially added to the Ubuntu Linux repertoire.
Well, that has certainly changed as it was announced last week that the Ubuntu GNOME Remix would be an official flavor and part of the Linux family. Though there are no apparent differences to the environment after being made official, the main thing to note is that developers working on it will have complete infrastructure support. They will be able to make use of the resources at the disposal of the open-source OS to enhance the desktop environment and make it more user-friendly.
The GNOME Remix was one in a series of upgrades and updates made to Ubuntu with a view to making the OS even more popular with the users. In addition to the 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, the flavor was a major step forward for the platform to make Ubuntu its flagship product. According to the official statement made by the company, the user demand for making GNOME the official flavor had been strong and that is why they decided to go ahead with it.
The report also revealed that the Linux developers are working on the next version of Ubuntu, called 13.04 as of now. The users shouldn’t be confused between the classic GNOME and the official flavor which has been assigned to Ubuntu. They both are separate and distinct and will be used for different purposes. In fact, the main purpose of the GNOME Remix was to capitalize on the growing market for mobile devices in which Linux has not yet staked a claim.
The developers are working on finalizing the new flavor for Ubuntu Linux. They have stated that they will reveal daily updates to let the users know the changes which are being made and the time it would take for the work to be completed. Users can access the official Linux website and download GNOME Remix 12.10 directly. If you are not impressed with the new official flavor, you can find a range of older desktop environments and flavors on the website as well.
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