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I have been debating writing about this since we are mainly a gaming news site (I should really setup another site for all the other Linux news I want to write about!), but Canonical switching back to GNOME on Ubuntu is very big news for everyone.

Question: Is there any interest in me doing a separate site to cover general Linux news?

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical wrote a rather shocking blog post announcing that Ubuntu 18.04 will officially drop the Unity desktop environment. If you didn't hear about it due to living under a large rock, let that sink in for a moment. Ubuntu is dropping a desktop environment they've worked on for years and poured tons of resources into building and rewriting for Unity 8.

I've had some time to let the news sink in now, after initially thinking it was a late April fools joke, when in reality it's very real and it makes perfect sense.

Unity was part of a long-term plan for Canonical with Ubuntu as part of their convergence strategy, which ultimately failed to gain any real traction. There's only so much time and money you can put into something when it's not giving you the results you wanted and it seems Canonical is in need of investors, as it turns out it has had to cut its workforce.

This now means there's going to be a little less fragmentation when it comes to the Linux desktop too. For all the good it does having lots of choice, having likely the biggest desktop-Linux distribution use a more standard desktop will help many things. For one thing, developers will no longer have to work around Unity/Compiz specific issues in games. It will also help the stability of GNOME Shell too, since they have even more people using it and working on it thanks to this.

This, in turn, makes Ubuntu go back to what made me originally love it. A polished GNOME desktop experience released every 6 months with the latest and greatest with a little extra love and polish thrown in for good measure. A good, solid desktop experience to introduce people new to Linux with. To me, it sounds fantastic again.

As expected, Unity 8 looks like it will be carried on by a few developers. Will be interesting to see if this actually gains any traction, or if it will fade away with little interest. Personally, I don't see any need to continue it, we have enough desktops already with GNOME Shell, KDE, Xfce, Budgie, LXQt, Cinnamon, MATE and the list goes on and on. Enough already I say, they all vary a lot in terms of features and time could be better spent on many others parts of the Linux desktop now.

Finally, I'm still very happy after switching from Ubuntu to Antergos. I've now settled with the GNOME Shell desktop with two extensions and it's glorious:

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I couldn't imagine having to go back to PPAs again to get extra software, my love for the Arch AUR is never ending.

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snizzo 22 April 2017 at 10:39 am UTC
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snizzoYes please. Just don't be like phoronix and turn this website into a kde, mesa, manjaro, amd etc. zealots center. It's so annoying just reading over 9000 news about the latest commit on amd mesa and all of the hate towards nvidia in general (given that's still the best vendor hardware/software for gaming on linux).
So basically you are complaining that Phoronix covers topics that you hate? And then you turn around and complain about other people being haters?

I think you need to do a little introspection here.
Oh gosh. My message is so difficult to understand? I'm not complaining that phoronix covers some topics (that I don't hate). I'd prefer it to be a news site that gives the same space to everything and treat it objectively, like a journalist do and unlike a blogger do. I'm more and more thrilled to see how many people just don't get what's written in a small comment.
You are annoyed by Michael Larabel's coverage of AMD and Mesa because you prefer Nvidia, and you are complaining about zealotry. I am not misreading your words here. Larabel for all his sins (and he has a few) does give fairly broad coverage of all kinds of topics in the Linux community, including Nvidia.

You just need to do a quick search to see that I am right:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_topic&q=NVIDIA

AMD and Mesa are going through a huge amount of change right now and have been doing so for the past ten years. I think that is worthy of the amount of news coverage it has been getting. Nvidia is not getting forgotten. You just seem to be irked by the fact that your preferred option does not completely dominate the conversation.

EDIT: Case in point, here are some statistics:
794 AMD news articles published on Phoronix.
612 NVIDIA news articles published on Phoronix.

Now that is a 9000/1 ratio if ever I saw one...

EDIT 2: And just so I can not be accused of selective quoting, in reference to your original post:
snizzoSo yes, I'd like you to post news about linux in general, just don't be too obsessive writing at topics that generate traffic through hate and religion like phoronix do.
You mention KDE, Mesa, Manjaro, and AMD in the same breath as "topics that generate traffic through hate and religion" and yet you still maintain that you do not hate the subject matter. Again, some introspection here would be nice. You do seem to take considerable umbridge with them being discussed.

I could reply to you to all these points (like making you notice that the pure number of articles is of absolutely no meaning towards what you're trying to demonstrate (hint: objectivity and not doing click-baiting covering topics that will generate free hate, more hints? look at difference between omgubuntu and phoronix reader base.) but it's no more worth my time. You're using rethoric and mixing pseudo science with real (infused?) truth, while, of course I was talking about an opinion. The fact that you replied so hard on this, and that you want me to admit my supposed guilt, simply demostrate, at my eyes, that my personal opinion was right and reinforced.

Therefore, I won't reply again, my ego does not depend on people reading comments on forums.
Hamish 23 April 2017 at 12:44 am UTC
snizzoI could reply to you to all these points (like making you notice that the pure number of articles is of absolutely no meaning towards what you're trying to demonstrate (hint: objectivity and not doing click-baiting covering topics that will generate free hate, more hints?
You were suggesting that AMD and MESA were getting partial treatment due to the amount of coverage they received on Phoronix. I showed that Nvidia was getting a comparable amount of coverage, demonstrating that your initial assertion was flawed. Which, I will remind you, was the basis of my entire argument. The content of the articles is actually in many ways immaterial when it comes to that argument, although I do think you would be hard pressed to demonstrate that Micheal Larabel himself has shown any kind of consistent bias against Nvidia.

snizzolook at difference between omgubuntu and phoronix reader base
Now here is an example of a statement that has "absolutely no meaning towards what [we] are discussing", and is merely being used as a deflection intended to shift the focus away from a point you now feel the need to dissociate yourself with. The readership of two different websites has no bearing on anything when it comes to your claims of biased coverage on Phoronix.

In fact, the opinions expressed by Phoronix readers or those on its forums also have no bearing on what you are now arguing here either. You are going after Phoronix itself, which by and large is Micheal Larabel, not his readers.

snizzoYou're using rethoric and mixing pseudo science with real (infused?) truth, while, of course I was talking about an opinion. The fact that you replied so hard on this, and that you want me to admit my supposed guilt, simply demostrate, at my eyes, that my personal opinion was right and reinforced. Therefore, I won't reply again, my ego does not depend on people reading comments on forums.
You were making claims that are not backed up by the available evidence. While those claims certainly count as your opinion they do not in any way correlate to established fact. Call that pseudo-science if you like, get yourself further entrenched in your own head space if you like, but I will still repeat my suggestion that you try a little introspection here.
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