Microsoft appears to betting the farm on their new directions; no desktop, subscription everything, 'all your apps belong us'. Microsoft is probably so committed now that they can't turn back, unless everything falls on its face. They are trying to do an Apple and if so, I won't feel sorry if they fail.
Can someone explain the actual differences between GNOME and Unity in Ubuntu? I'm not a Linux geek, so I don't know too much about that. But from what I've researched, the differences aren't even close to the modern UI style of Windows 8 and the legacy Desktop. Those two are more drastic.
GNOME is somewhat like the traditional interface used in just about every iteration of Windows up to version 7.
UNITY is a side bar that attempts to put what Canonical believe are the most used functions in Ubuntu into a vertical series of icons. It's like a mini MPI.
Both UIs serve the same function predominantly, as Ubuntu doesn't really use apps. The UNITY interface tries to simplify the user experience. Most Linux users don't like the idea of 'simplify'.
Is that serious question?they have a monopoly, but why? Why, when a Linux variant can be used an alternative to Microsoft's clientele?
Surely it's a joke. Hard to tell with you Cokie.
GNOME 3 adopted the Apple(?) idea of a single disembodied menu (i.e. you can't swap from one window to another, by clicking on the menu bar in the second window, because there are no menu bars in either window).
GNOME 3 is hated almost as much as Unity.
It seems that a lot of long-time Linux users have swapped to KDE, XCFE, or some other desktop environment (GUI).
From what I've seen, GNOME and Unity look basically the same. Unity has some more visual design that I've seen paralleled with Windows 8 (Start Screen) and os x, GNOME is basically like most Linux versions I've worked with, very basic, very focused on the user knowing their Linux stuff, not for the common plebian.
But with Ubuntu though, the differences to me are so minimal, it's odd to think that would be considered upsetting. Really? That's what's used to compare to Windows 8? That's not even a comparison. Windows 8 is more like going from ios to Windows Phone, not like GNOME to Unity. That's more android to ios.