Some time ago, we received the big news, that Unity gets ditched and replaced by Gnome. I'm a Ubuntu Gnome user and so I really appreciate this decision.

When will the very first LTS version be released featuring the Gnome shell as the graphical environment?

  • I recall reading that Gnome would be default for 18.04, but I don't have a reference handy. – Zeiss Ikon Oct 12 '17 at 11:51
  • Looks like 18.04, April 2018. – pomsky Oct 12 '17 at 11:51
  • Technically speaking, 10.04 was the first LTS release with a default GNOME GUI. 8.04 was also LTS, but only for the server release. 18.04 will theoretically be the first with gnome-shell as default. – dobey Oct 12 '17 at 11:53
  • @dobey Oh c'mon. – OddDev Oct 12 '17 at 12:38
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    Also, the question is about future releases of Ubuntu, so is off topic. While 18.04 is currently planned to have GNOME as the default, it is not yet released, and development plans may change. A lot can change in 6 months. – dobey Oct 12 '17 at 14:47

It will be Ubuntu 18.04, the upcoming LTS release as announced in the Ubuntu GNOME blog back in April. Given that you are already using Ubuntu GNOME, you will (most likely) not be affected by this change, and your desktop will escape relatively untouched if that's what you're worried about.

On 5 April 2017 Mark Shuttleworth announced that Canonical's work on Unity will end and that Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a year away from release at the time, will abandon the Unity desktop and employ the GNOME 3 desktop instead, as Canonical moves away from its ambitions to produce a unified cell phone and desktop operating system and concentrates on desktop, cloud computing and Internet of things platforms instead. UBports founder Marius Gripsgård announced that the organization would continue Unity development.


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