gnome logoIt’s been a few years since Canonical stopped using the GNOME desktop environment for Ubuntu Linux and instead switched to its own Unity user interface. While Unity has come a long way in the last few years, some people still hate it.

Fortunately you can always install GNOME yourself, or choose an alternate version of Ubuntu such as Kubuntu (with the KDE desktop environment), Xubuntu (Xfce), or Lubuntu (LXDE).

Soon you’ll also be able to install a GNOME-centric version of Ubuntu. It’s scheduled to ship on October 18th, when Ubuntu 12.10 is released.

There’s an active thread about the project in the Ubuntu Forums, and Linux blogs World of GNOME and Muktware have confirmed with developer Jeremy Bicha that the project is still on track.

We first heard about plans for a GNOME version of Ubuntu 12.10 from Bicha a few months ago, but now he’s confirmed that it’ll be ready to launch this fall.

Along with the GNOME desktop environment and user interface, this version of the operating system will include a different set of default apps than the main branch of Unity. For instance, it will come with Epiphany and Abiword rather than Firefox and LibreOffice. It’s not clear if the operating system will use the Ubuntu Software Center or the gnome-packagekit system for installing and updating apps.

It’s not yet clear exactly what the operating system will be called. Right now there’s a coming soon page at, but the GNOME Foundation apparently isn’t happy with that name, so it will probably change before release.

Whatever it’s called, the Ubuntu GNOME Edition will be a community-supported spinoff of Ubuntu rather than a fully funded project from Ubuntu’s parent company Canonical. But that’s true of Kubuntu and other popular variants as well.



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3 replies on “GNOME edition of Ubuntu 12.10 coming in October”

  1. You could always install gnome desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 using synaptic package manager. Gnome desktop is in the Ubuntu repostories. Just install and logout and log back in and choose Gnome.

    1. I have never understood the “need” for these desktop-manager-specific versions of Ubuntu when the other desktop managers are sitting there in the repo and are easy to install. It seems like pointless effort on the part of someone who could be using their time for something useful.

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