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Why Don’t Other Linux Distros Use Unity? A Few Thoughts (The Var Guy)

Christopher Tozzi notes the lack of distributions offering the Unity desktop shell. "It’s also telling that Unity has not been distributed outside of Ubuntu’s own channel. An effort to port it to Fedora fizzled out, and I couldn’t even find RPM packages of the software anywhere. Meanwhile, the only up-to-date Launchpad PPA for Unity currently supports Ubuntu 12.04 alone. In other words, even just installing Unity on a distribution that’s not Ubuntu remains a tall order, too difficult for most people to consider."
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Why Don’t Other Linux Distros Use Unity? A Few Thoughts (The Var Guy)

Posted Jan 27, 2012 10:30 UTC (Fri) by rwmj (subscriber, #5474) [Link]

The reason (for Fedora) is that Unity requires many non-upstream patches for basic packages like Gtk. That's the reason for you, pure and simple.

Rich.


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