forrestcupp & dragonbite:
No, this is a Gnome thing. Just simply taking a look at the Gnome Project's home page and the screenshots they have posted there makes it pretty obvious the UI in question comes from them.
Also, I know this is just my subjective opinion, but I think Gnome Shell is a much better DE than Unity.
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. - Dr. Seuss
Now, I don't have any links to back this up because I'm going on my own memory. When Gnome 3 was being announced and for a while, before Unity came out, Gnome 3(shell) was available on Ubuntu. It was buggy and just a preview. I gave it a shot and kinda liked it, but that was before Gnome started copying/looking more like Unity.
This would have been maybe 2009? I don't remember when Unity first came out (not as the default, as a separate installation).
i thought kde was always nice, but i use unity because of the launcher. now i can have both. so happy.
B) Explain to me, if they forced it on us, how are all of these other Ubuntu users using Gnome-Shell, KDE, XFCE, and other WM/DE's? Sounds like Canonical isn't very good at "forcing" something if that was their intent.
If you're going to make wild accusations like that, at least base them somewhere in reality instead of forrestcupp's dreamland. That goes double for MisterGaribaldi, who's can't even blame the right people for the DE he's "forced" to use.
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A few more screenshots...
Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.
In any case, with the current versions of gnome-shell and unity, any similarities are mostly superficial and I really don't think they really "copied" each other. gnome-shell and unity work pretty differently.
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I'm not sure how to answer your question. The UI featured on Gnome Project's site looks like the UI that ships with standard Ubuntu. So...
Either which way, that "style" of UI on a desktop system, IMNSHO, sucks.
Could we reserve our opinions about Gnome-shell, Unity and such for one of several threads floating around the Recurring Discussions section?
Seems people that prefer KDE are going to be spoilt for choice in just how they interact with their systems.