Ubuntu Core Desktop delays its launch and Rhino Linux pauses its development

Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux: Bad news for this year

Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux: Bad news for this year

In the Linuxverse not everything is always rosy, good news or happy announcements. From time to time, there are sad moments, bad announcements and even bad news. Sometimes they tend to be temporary things and others for a long time or permanently.. But, no matter how negative, bad or sad they may be, this is usually something expected or foreseeable within any project, even more so in those that are usually free, open and free.

And this month of February 2024, we have learned about 2 bad news, which although they do not seem to be that serious, will surely make some who are waiting for better news about said Linux developments a little sad. And these developments are «Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux», who respectively have let us know about problems in its launch and current development respectively.


Rhino Linux Screenshot

But, before starting this publication about the bad news known about Linux projects «Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux», we recommend that you then explore the previous related post with one of them:

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Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux: Bad news for this year

Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux: Bad news for this year

Ubuntu Core Desktop delays its launch

For the case of initial release of future Ubuntu Core Desktop project, which was scheduled to take place shortly after the launch of the next LTS version of Ubuntu, that is, Ubuntu 24.04 LTS, and around the end of April 2024, it has finally become known that this is not going to happen.

This has been known, in response to a direct question on this matter in the Ubuntu 24.04 LTS roadmap thread, by Tim Holmes-Mitra, Director of Engineering for Ubuntu Desktop on the official Ubuntu Discourse web section:

It won't be released before 24.04 and unfortunately I can't provide a date until we've fixed the issues that need resolution; we want the user experience to be great and that will take time. Fortunately, the work we're doing in Core Desktop in many cases benefits classic/hybrid, although the link may not be immediately evident.

initial release of future Ubuntu Core Desktop project

Therefore, those traditional Ubuntu users and others, who have been waiting for this new Ubuntu-based immutable Distro alternative to compete with similar systems like Fedora Silverblue, since they will have to wait a little longer, possibly until the end of the year 2024.

Ubuntu Core Desktop is a likely future version for home and office computers, based on the already existing compact version of the Ubuntu distribution adapted for use on industrial and consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices, containers, and equipment. . About the future Ubuntu Core Desktop project

Rhino Linux pauses its development

For the case of the future release of the next update or version of Rhino Linux, which was scheduled to take place at some point in the first quarter of this year 2024, due to its current development cycle based on continuous updates (Rolling Release); It has been known that his team of developers has announced a temporary interruption (pause) in development of the same, that is, of Rhino Linux 2024.1. However, everything continues normally and stably with its current version 2023.4 which was launched in December 2023.

And all this has been known, thanks to a official announcement called «BUG: Evaluate, rethink and rebalance our Rhino Distro», in which they have explained the origin/cause of said decision, mostly related to scaling problems, the exhaustion of the maintainer team and the need to improve the current contribution policies and code of conduct:

In light of these challenges, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily pause development of Rhino Linux 2024.1 effective immediately. This is not a sign of defeat for the team, nor are we going to give up; rather, this pause is a commitment to ensure the sustainability of the Rhino Linux project and will give us much-needed time to strengthen our foundations. We believe it is crucial to address the root causes of our recent difficulties, and not just their symptoms.

Rhino Linux pauses its development

From the complete reading and analysis of this official announcement, we remain confident that this bad news will be something merely temporary and in favor of the progressive improvement and consolidation of said project. Hence, Our recommendation is that current Rhino Linux users should not rush to abandon it., unless after a long time (for example, 6 months) there is no positive news (good news) about the continuation of its entire natural and continuous process of development and improvement.

Rhino Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution that offers a rolling release upgrade approach, on top of a stable desktop environment, based on a custom XFCE desktop, which the project refers to as the Unicorn Desktop. About the current Rhino Linux project

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In short, let's hope that both bad news about said Linux projects, "Ubuntu Core Desktop and Rhino Linux", be something temporary and come to fruition very soon. Both, the first to see its first launch and the second to continue with its progressive development. And in case you are one of those who has been waiting for news about Ubuntu Core Desktop to try it on your computer or virtual machine or a current Rhino Linux user who is waiting for new versions or updates, we invite you to us Provide your opinion on both or any of these 2 bad news.

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