Sunday, May 13, 2012

UDS-Q Summary: Bye-Bye Unity 2D, Hello GNOME-Shell Spin

Here is the end of another Ubuntu Developer Summit. The next one is set 6 months later.

Five days, 40 hours, lots of beer, frivolity and discussion have lead to a set of potential plans for the Ubuntu 12.10 release.

Due to the nature of development not everything intended to happen will. But, pessimism aside, the following list of proposals do all on the to-do list…


  • A ‘system compositor’ will be used to generate flicker-free boot and seamless transitions from boot screen to login screen. The login screen will sport a smooth transition to the desktop.
  • LightDM (the login screen system) will be implemented as the lock-screen, thus adding visual and behavioural consistency to the desktop.
  • Unity 2D is likely to be dropped. Unity 3D will be made capable of running on lower-end hardware via ‘Gallium3D llvmpipe’.
  • The HUD will sport additional features, including the ability to ‘wrap around dialogs and toolbars’.
  • Ubuntu GNOME fans will be excited by word of a potential vanilla GNOME Ubuntu spin (i.e. a “GNOME-BUNTU/GNOME-Shell Remix”).
  • Elsewhere, GNOME 3.6 will be used as the base of Ubuntu 12.10.
Apps, Settings and Installer
  • Ubuntu’s Ubiquity installer will be ‘beefed up’ to provide all of the features offered by the ‘alternate installer’, resulting in the latter being dropped as a download option.
  • The installer will also see the Windows settings migration assistant feature removed. The team conclude that it is too untested and buggy to remain in place.
  • LibreOffice will – finally – ship with AppMenu support out of the box, making it fully HUD accessible.
  • Jockey, Ubuntu’s current 3rd party driver installer, will be replaced with a ’better version integrated with System Settings’.
Technical Stuff
  • Ubuntu 12.10 will use Linux kernel version 3.5, with 3.6 support after its release.
  • Python 3 will ship on the CD by default, meaning various default apps and utilities will be rewritten to take advantage of this.
  • Boot speeds and application start up speeds will be improved.

So how do you like this list? Does it look promising? Voice (or really, type) your opinion in the comment thread.

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