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    Gnome is going away?

    I saw something about this and am frankly rather alarmed. Is gnome actually going away where Ubuntu is concerned? Unity is awful and seems unstable.

    Can anyone give me the straight skinny on what is happening with Ubuntu and Gnome? I've been using it for a long time and hate to have to go looking for a new home at this late date.

    Thank you,

    Steve

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    Re: Gnome is going away?

    Gnome 2,which is what I suspect you mean by gnome, is going, I'm afraid, to be replaced in ubuntu either by unity, gnome-shell, or gnome-classic (see 12.04 LTS Gnome Classic), or of course you can use another desktop entirely such as xfce (Xubuntu) KDE (Kubuntu) or LXDE (Lubuntu). They all have the same ubuntu base, and you can still install and use any package from the ubuntu repos whatever DE you have.

    There are also some newer DEs available, which I have not used yet such as cinnamon and MATE, and as MATE is a fork of gnome 2, you may find that is the one for you.
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    Re: Gnome is going away?

    Unity has been default since 11.04 and replaced gnome 2 and remains default, but the current versions still use Gnome 3 under the hood . I don't know if that is what you are referring to.

    Gnome 2 has reached end of life and Mate is the latest incarnation of the that desktop. http://mate-desktop.org/
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    Re: Gnome is going away?

    Quote Originally Posted by stevef5300 View Post
    I saw something about this and am frankly rather alarmed. Is gnome actually going away where Ubuntu is concerned? Unity is awful and seems unstable.

    Can anyone give me the straight skinny on what is happening with Ubuntu and Gnome? I've been using it for a long time and hate to have to go looking for a new home at this late date.

    Thank you,

    Steve
    Gnome is not going away, it will continue to be available in the repositories. Gnome forks like Cinnamon and Mate will be available in PPAs as long as there are people who want them.
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