Yesterday we got big news from canonical. Their Founder Mark Shuttleworth wrote blog post that will shake not only ubuntu but all Linux world. From 18.04 LTS canonical is going to end their investments to Unity 8, Mir, Ubuntu for phones and tablets, and will no longer pursue its goal of “convergence”.
In canonical history we can see a lot of difficult decisions especially when talking about phones and tablets. Their main goal to unite all devices with only one OS start to fail almost instantly after releasing Ubuntu for phones. Lack of apps for mobile devices has led to reduced interest by hardware producers. Their Ubuntu for phones never came out of the beta, and today we can’t even find any on the market. This is not the only project that they didn’t succeed to implement, a lot of people are going to remember their “TV for humans” project, which failed to become serious alpha.
After all, a lot of linux users didn’t even like Unity and after couple of delays of eighth version the moment of truth was inevitable. Big part of community didn’t even think about canonical ideas like some innovation and that was one of the main reasons to drop this project.
In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.
Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Canonical
From the text before we can see that this was one of the hardest decision to make by canonical so far, specially because of Unity8 team which delivered beautiful, usable and solid product.
This leaves a few interesting question, does end of Unity means the end of MIR? Will there be mass exodus of Ubuntu users after their favourite distro switch to GNOME? To get answer on this question we will need to wait for 1-2 years. until then let me know what you think in comments.