|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.
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Source: OMG! Ubuntu