With GNOME-Shell and KWin omitting Compiz from the Linux desktop, the future of the Compiz window manager and its development looked unpromising. Some exciting news came to us from Canonical yesterday following Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando that not only will Unity be included with April’s release of Ubuntu 11.04, but it will be powered by Compiz rather than mutter.
Unity is a sleek, streamlined interface which is currently shipping on the netbook edition of Ubuntu Linux.
Jono Bacon, the Community Manager at Canonical (the developers of Ubuntu) says “Compiz [..] is much faster, most notably on hardware that has traditionally had the most trouble from bug reports. Quality meets design meets performance.”
The exciting thing about this news is that it means Compiz is not dead, and that development will continue in full-force, with the backing of Unity, which is continuing to grow in popularity.
Canonical stresses that Ubuntu continues to be a GNOME distribution, shipping the GNOME stack and supporting GNOME Apps. The difference is, Unity is a different shell for GNOME, giving users a new experience that is designed for absolute ease of use. Canonical promises that support for the latest version of GNOME Shell will still continue in the Ubuntu archives.