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Canonical’s Unity And GNOME Shell Becoming More Alike?

By on July 30th, 2010 
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Today I saw a mockup of GNOME Shell and cannot believe at how much it looks like Unity, the UI which Canonical is developing for Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

Have a look :

Unity
GNOME Shell

The current GNOME Shell interface is a lot different from this mockup. However, this mockup is interesting because it looks like it has been inspired by Unity - in fact, it looks exactly like Unity.

What I cannot understand is, why would they copy Unity of all things? Unity is meant for netbooks - you know the ones with small 10-inch - and Shell is meant to replace the traditional desktop - from 10-inch netbooks to those huge monitors in desktops. There is a big difference in what Unity is aiming for and what Shell is supposed to do.

Yes, this is just a mockup and I might be freaking out unnecessarily. Maybe it will never see the light of day.

Anyway, now that they have some extra time after GNOME 3.0 has been pushed back, I hope they improve the existing Shell interface rather than going for a new interface.

[image credit: OMG!UBUNTU!]

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Canonical’s Unity And GNOME Shell Becoming More Alike? was originally published on Digitizor.com on July 30, 2010 - 1:12 am (Indian Standard Time)