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17 February 2011, 08:57

Work stalls on Unity ports for Fedora and openSUSE

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Individual developers working on the Unity shell ports for Fedora and openSUSE have both decided to stop work for the time being.

Adam Williamson, working on the Fedora port, said in his blog that since his Unity work was entirely voluntary and his work ethic fluctuates, he has lost motivation for the moment. He mentions as other reasons; an upstream bug in Unity that the maintainer promised to look at 'after Christmas', and his proper work that Red Hat pays him to do.

Nelson Marques who was working on the openSUSE port stopped, he says, because of frustration at trying to implement Unity. He also mentioned lack of time to work on the port and upstream problems. He says the branch of Compiz the compositing manager being used, simply is not yet stable enough.

Both developers say they are only too happy for others to get involved. However, for now Ubuntu 11.04, due out in its initial stable release in April, looks like being the only desktop Linux distribution likely to be running Unity in the near future. The last release of Ubuntu Netbook, 10.10, already runs an earlier version of Unity.

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