The man himself – Mark Shuttleworth says he will support a budgie-desktop based community spin of Ubuntu.
That was a surprise I just had to throw onto Reddit. Thinking that it would be one of those blink and miss it Reddit’s – to my surprise it gathered much comments and votes.
Even some people said they would help.
Do we need another distro?
A linux distro needs to have something unique. Ubuntu has “flavours” – spins of well established Desktop Environments – LXDE, Mate, GNOME, KDE, XFCE plus Canonicals own Unity. Heck it has spins of spins … Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, EdUbuntu, Mythbuntu – all created because there is a community around them that have shouted “I need”. Have I forgotten any?
Budgie is brand-new … sort of. It was first created a few years back but sort of lost traction. Over the last year its been refreshed and released v10.2 at Christmas 2015 as part of a brand-new – literally from ground up – distro called Solus Operating System.
SparkyLinux were quick to spin out a Debian Testing version of the desktop environment. Arch, Manjaro, Fedora, OpenSuse quickly followed.
Strangely enough – nobody from the massive Ubuntu community has stepped up. So maybe it is not so surprising to see Mark taking an interest himself – trying to encourage ‘buntu folks to come-up with a spin on the great Ubuntu foundations.
Anybody up-for it?
Well such a project needs a plan … think that’s something for a post tomorrow. Stay tuned.