Ubuntu fans may recall Ubuntu Gnome Remix, the unofficial flavor of the Linux distribution that was launched last fall for users not fond of the software's default Unity desktop environment.
Following hard on the heels of the release of Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal," the new Gnome Remix version was created "to bring the best of Gnome to Ubuntu users," in the words of its developers.
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Well, this week the new flavor was made an official part of the Ubuntu Linux family, giving it full access to infrastructure support, publicity, and other benefits from Canonical and the Ubuntu community.
'There was strong demand'
"We are pleased to announce that Ubuntu Gnome is now an official Ubuntu flavor," read the announcement on the Ubuntu mailing lists on Monday. "Our first release for 12.10 showed that there was a strong demand for a great Gnome experience on Ubuntu, and we are now working towards our second release based on Ubuntu 13.04," the developers added.
Not to be confused with the also-new "classic mode" that aims to bring back the look and feel of the old, beloved Gnome 2, Ubuntu Gnome Remix aims instead to make the most of Gnome 3.6, which is part of the new, mobile-inspired branch of the desktop family.
Both Unity and Gnome 3 have been controversial additions to the Linux desktop world, inspiring the launch not just of the new Gnome classic mode but also brand-new contenders including the Mate and Cinnamon desktops and distributions including SolusOS and Fuduntu.