GNOME versus Unity in Ubuntu

In today's open source roundup: Should you use Unity or GNOME in Ubuntu? Plus: Linux blogs that are worth reading? And Linux Mint will offer systemd and upstart for now

Unity versus GNOME in Ubuntu

Unity and GNOME are two very different desktops, and users of each of them can in their loyalty. But what are the pros and cons of GNOME and Unity? Gary Newell at About recently did a comparison post, and found that both desktops have strengths and weaknesses.

Gary Newell reports for

The point of this article therefore is to compare the flagship Ubuntu which utilises the Unity desktop with Ubuntu GNOME. The underlying architecture is the same and so many of the issues that plague Ubuntu also plague Ubuntu GNOME such as the inability to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package from the Software Centre.

Unity is the main focus for Ubuntu's developers whereas Ubuntu GNOME is more of a community project. It is definitely worth giving the GNOME version a go as the desktop performs slightly better and is less cluttered.

Why is it less cluttered? The launcher takes up quite a bit of room and although you can reduce the size or even hide the launcher it isn't the same as having the blank canvass in the first place. The other reason the GNOME desktop is less cluttered is that it isn't trying to sell you anything. There are no suggestions for items you might like to buy.

Unity as mentioned earlier does provide nicer integration for photos, music, video and online activity and if you may like the software suggestions. The filters within the individual lenses are also particularly useful.

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Linux blogs that are worth reading?

A redditor wanted to know if there were Linux blogs that were updated regularly and were worth reading. He got some helpful answers in a thread in the Linux subreddit.

Trashcan86 asked his question:

So I'm looking for other blogs to read to get inspiration and make my own blog ( better. I read ,, but they haven't been updated for a long time. So any suggestions? Thanks.

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His fellow redditors responded:

Viccuad: "It's not a blog, it's a news site but it's as good as it can get: Linux Weekly News, You can get a paid subscription or read the last week's news free."

TempestuousBinary: "You may like Web Upd8, although it's not updated daily:"

C-1000: "Tuxmachines is one of my daily stops. More of an aggregator than a blog, but maybe it'll provide a good jumping-off point for some of your own ideas?"

Bubblyjuggly: "Some of the ones I follow:"

Trickster: "For software, updated daily"

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Linux Mint will offer systemd and upstart for now

The Linux Mint developers have decided to offer systemd and upstart for now. So users can choose whichever one they prefer to have on their Linux Mint systems.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Ubuntu has already implemented systemd, but Linux Mint is still providing dual options for users. The fact that the Linux Mint team is not getting systemd just yet is not a cause for concern or relief. In fact, the developers have chosen to put the choice into users' hands and to give themselves more time.

"Both Betsy and Mint 17.x use sysvinit (with upstart in Mint) as well as consolekit for session management but with a functional logind there as well (afaik that’s needed these days since some components made the choice to depend on it). In a way that’s good, because it means we’re using old and reliable technologies while systemd matures. It’s good also because users are able to switch to systemd in Betsy if they want to.So as you can see, right now, we’re in the best position cause we've got multiple choices and we’re defaulting to proven techs," wrote Clem Lefebvre on the official blog.

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