Canonical, the company behind the best-known Linux distribution in the world and one of the biggest players in commercial open source software, has announced several large-scale changes of direction that have created big ripples in the open source world.The biggest news is that the company will no longer focus development resources on its Unity desktop front-end for Linux — a long-standing project designed to make Ubuntu a viable operating system for a wide array of endpoints, including smartphones and tablets.
Instead, Ubuntu will move back to the venerable GNOME desktop environment, which it split from in 2010.[ The InfoWorld roundup: 5 rock-solid Linux distros for developers. | Stay up on open source with the InfoWorld Linux Report newsletter. ]
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