Alright, this is not new at all. But this time Jeremy Bicha from Ubuntu’s Gnome Team (maintainer in Gnome 3 Team ppa and in many other projects) asked in Gnome Board and Marketing MLs to collaborate in order to find a name for an Ubuntu Gnome community spin, similar to Kubuntu, Xubuntu and others.
The discussions are made in Ubuntu Developer Summit in May and it seems sooner or later we’ll see an upstream Gnome in Ubuntu!
Jeremy Bucha said:
Ubuntu GNOME Flavor naming
At the Ubuntu Developer Summit in May, several of us that work with GNOME in Ubuntu discussed the need for a Ubuntu community derivative similar to Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and others but which will try to ship a relatively pure GNOME experience.
The traditional Ubuntu naming convention for these alternate flavors is “Gubuntu” but it seems that could cause confusion with the pronunciation of Google’s internal distribution Goobuntu. We’d like to instead use GNObuntu.
We want to run our proposed name past GNOME first to avoid the hassle and conflicts of being forced to later rename the project.
There is no reason to explain how great these news are. I was one of them that dropped Ubuntu after 6 years when Canonical decided to exclude Gnome Shell from their Distro. However I always say that Gnome needs a mainstream, popular and great Distro like Ubuntu. Well, we are closing to that point :)
I propose to call the Ubuntu Gnome derivative:
GNU = Gnome Not Ubuntu!
Don’t get mad, I was just joking :)
*Important Note! There isn’t something official from Canonical yet, don’t get confused by the title, I used it because they are looking for a name and a derivative according to Canonical’s policies, in order to get an approval from Canonical as official spin. Which they will! This is an effort from Ubuntu Community so far.