Ubuntu 13.04, which debuts next week, will have an official GNOME version. That news slipped under the radar for most folks, but it should please some Linux desktop users who don't like Canonical's Unity interface. And it could also impact Canonical's big aspirations of "Ubuntu convergence" across all devices offered by channel partners.
When Unity first replaced GNOME to become the default interface for the desktop version of Ubuntu two years ago (in Ubuntu 11.04), Canonical faced a lot of dissatisfaction from users. They complained that Unity didn't work well on older hardware, was buggy and was, well, different.
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