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Ubuntu drops Unity

It’s all over the news today, but Ubuntu has dropped Unity.

I have mixed feelings about this. For a start, I really want my phone to be a drop-in, “converged” device that I can plug into a monitor and get about my business with. It has to be the end game, or at least, everything being a thin client, will be. I really want a competitor to Android; Linux done right, so to speak.

But I can’t help looking at this news and thinking what a complete and utter waste of time the Unity desktop and Mir have been. Unity desktop has never been better than KDE or Gnome, and Mir was only ever going to dilute the miniscule focus on Linux graphics driver support that we have.

So yeah, sensible choice for a multitude of reasons, but just think about where we could have been now :(