GNOMEbuntu: Ubuntu flavored with GNOME

It's official: at the end of this year we will have an edition of Ubuntu with taste of "GNOME pure".

«Gnomebuntu“, Which is based on Ubuntu 12.10, will be released on October 18 - the same day that Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu will release their latest versions.

Gnomebuntu: What is it?

Gnomebuntu aims to provide a GNOME experience as intended by its original developers (and not Ubuntu developers). In jargon, we could say that it is a "vanilla" version (vanilla, in English), with a GNOME just like the original, although it will also incorporate some elements of Ubuntu.

After all it is an Ubuntu-based twist.

What will and will not include

GNOME-Shell is offered as the default desktop, and GDM - which sports new animations in version 3.6 - will be used for the lock and login screens.

The file manager will be the same version of Nautilus that Ubuntu uses. So, presumably since the Ubuntu developers have made the decision to stick with a slightly older version of GNOME (3.4), GNOMEbuntu will most likely build on this version as well.

Other suggested changes that are being discussed for inclusion:

  • Epiphany (aka 'Web') will be the default web browser
  • Abiword will be included in place of LibreOffice
  • Ubuntu One will not be included by default
  • Classic GNOME session (complete, with Ubuntu flags)
  • Rhythmbox (and its different plugins for music stores) will remain 
  • Software Center will not be included
  • The GNOME "Documents" application will not be included as it depends on LibreOffice.

It's perfectly possible to create a "GNOME vanilla experience" in Ubuntu, it only takes about 20 minutes, according to some users. It takes a few PPAs, another bit of cunning to perform a few steps "manually", and a willingness to lose some useful features or applications in the process. But it is not difficult.

This approach is not ideal, so a GNOME-flavored version of Ubuntu (it feels strange to be writing this) is going to cut the learning curve necessary to enjoy a pure GNOME experience in Ubuntu.

More information about the turn can be found in the Ubuntu Forums.

A retention page for the project also online@gnomebuntu.org

Source: OMG! Ubuntu


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  1.   Gustavo Gabriel Lopez said

    I downloaded. The cool interface!
    But how do I install the ubuntu app store?

  2.   Johnny0647 said

    Nooooooooo I thought to make an OS now cage ajjaja I'll do it based on Fedora I guess 🙁

  3.   kasymaru said

    I imagine that gnome fully does not put the ubuntu software center to put its own.
    Anyway I have seen in images and videos some of the novelties of gnome 3.6 I think it would be better if they included this version to dazzle both new and old users! 🙂

  4.   Ayosinho El AbayaLde said

    Obviously I'll try that new distro. I hope former Gnome users loved it, as we loved it back in the day, before the arrival of Unity. However, if Gnomebuntu doesn't convince me, I'll stick with Unity, which I'm used to and don't dislike, not like Gnome-Shell that I don't like at all.

    Regards!

  5.   Diego Madero said

    I find it excellent that Ubuntu does not come with Unity (which no matter how many opportunities I have given it, it doesn't work for me personally), but the truth is that LibreOffice, Firefox and the Software Center seem to me to be excellent tools, compared to the ones proposed like Epiphany, which is very nice for certain things but has many problems with sites that contain java and flash or with content in HTML5 ...

  6.   Let's use Linux said

    Did you try searching for "Ubuntu Store" or similar in Synaptic?
    I can not think of anything else.
    In any case, I don't see much sense in it. I recommend using Synaptic. It is faster.
    Cheers! Paul.

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