Nearly a decade ago, System76 chose Ubuntu as the operating system for its products. Ubuntu was easy to use, fast, and powerful. GNOME was served up in fine fashion. Ubuntu innovated in ways users cared about, but their identity largely existed under the surface.
If you’re building an operating system, your dreams don’t stop at compiling pieces and working around the edges. You want to design what people see and use. You want an intimate experience with your customers. Unity soon followed and set the course for phones, tablets and finally, Desktop Next.
With Desktop Next, Ubuntu is becoming what I’ve always hoped for. A unique user experience with a custom stack of core applications. While we might be out a year or more, soon enough we’ll have an Ubuntu email client, calendar, file manager, music player and more. All beautifully integrated with the desktop. All with a distinctive user interface and visual style that is entirely Ubuntu.
There’s a long way to go from here to Desktop Next and we have some questions about the journey. How will System76 and Ubuntu continue to service customers who require CUDA, OpenFoam, ParaView, and the myriad of other tools present in the archive? How will nVidia’s driver be installed? What will the OEM partition allow us to do? Do we have to maintain images for every product? Can we remove a package from the Ubuntu image - as is required on our servers? How will Ubuntu maintain its position as a hackers dream platform; particularly server and desktop parity?
Millions of us use Ubuntu Desktop. At Ubuntu Online Summit next week we learn about its future. I’ll be attended convergence and core sessions. I hope to see you there!
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