Ubuntu is giving up on the Ubuntu phone, and the controversial Unity desktop interface is being killed alongside Canonical’s dreams of a smartphone/PC convergence.
“Ubuntu desktop is going back to Gnome for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS,” Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a blog post. That means Ubuntu will roll out with the Gnome desktop as the default interface in April 2018.
Unity fans will still have a lot of time to enjoy the current default interface for Ubuntu. It’s not clear if Unity will remain as an option after April 2018 or if it will be gone completely at that time. It’s also possible that a community project could take over and keep Unity going, at least as a desktop interface.