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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday July 10 2019, @02:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the future-looks-bright dept.

Following Canonical's pivot away from its internally-developed Unity user interface and Mir display server, Ubuntu has enjoyed two relatively low-drama years, as the Linux Desktop market homogenized during its transition back to a customized GNOME desktop. In a review of the most recent release, TechRepublic's Jack Wallen declared that "Ubuntu 19.04 should seriously impress anyone looking for a fast and reliable Linux desktop platform."

Largely, it's been a slow-and-steady pace for Ubuntu since the pivot from Unity to GNOME, though the distribution made headlines for plans to end support for 32-bit support. This prompted Valve, operators of games marketplace Steam, to re-think its approach toward Ubuntu, which it previously characterized as "as the best-supported path for desktop users."

TechRepublic's James Sanders interviewed Will Cooke, director of engineering for Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical, about the distribution's long-term plans for legacy 32-bit support, shipping a desktop in a post-Unity-era Ubuntu, and why Linux should be the first choice for users migrating from Windows 7 prior to the end of support.

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  • (Score: 2) by ikanreed on Wednesday July 10 2019, @04:17PM (1 child)

    by ikanreed (3164) on Wednesday July 10 2019, @04:17PM (#865416) Journal

    Presumably Valve's beef is that they put a "Linux compatible" sticker on some games in their store, and they'd have to review and update that sticker for games built on 32 bit technology.

    And valve is super allergic to doing any kind of actual work to actually maintain or support their multibillion dollar free income stream.

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Pino P on Wednesday July 10 2019, @08:47PM

    by Pino P (4721) on Wednesday July 10 2019, @08:47PM (#865490) Journal

    It's not only that Valve is allergic to doing work. It's also that developers publishing through Valve's Steam platform are allergic to doing work. Some aren't even in business anymore.