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Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system remains the most popular version of desktop Linux. But once the company stopped developing its own Unity interface, its focus moved elsewhere. Canonical’s eyes are now set more on the cloud than the device you’re reading this on.
If Canonical no longer seems to care all that much about the Ubuntu desktop, why should you? Turns out there are plenty of reasons to stick with this particular version of Linux.
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Ubuntu has looked the same for a long time now. The desktop’s black, brown, orange, and purple Ambiance theme debuted in 2010. The Unity user interface appeared later that same year.
These two components defined Ubuntu’s look until 2017, when Ubuntu switched from Unity to GNOME. But even after that transition, the theme remained the same.
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Now Ubuntu desktop windows and app icons have a new theme. The new desktop and icon themes, called “Yaru” and “Suru” respectively, come from the Ubuntu community. They bring the look and feel of Ubuntu Phones and the discontinued Unity 8 interface to the Ubuntu desktop.
When it comes to traditional desktop applications, Linux lacks the diversity found on commercial operating systems. With so many different desktop interfaces, packaging formats, and back-end components, many developers see the job as too much work for too little payoff. Those that do make the effort tend to target to largest player in town. When it comes to the desktop, that remains Ubuntu.
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