Ubuntu Sway and UbuntuDDE: where are these projects that aim to be part of the Ubuntu family

Ubuntu Sway and UbuntuDDE

Today will be exactly a week since Canonical He launched Ubuntu 24.04 Noble Numbat. Along with it came the rest of the official flavors for a total of 11, but the family could increase by 2. Ubuntu Sway It is Ubuntu with the Sway window manager, while UbuntuDDE is Ubuntu but with Deepin as a graphical environment. Where are you in these projects and how should you be now to think you are on the right track?

There is one of the two that works better than the other, and that is Ubuntu Sway. An image of 23.10 is available which I arrive on 23.11, that is, already on November 1, but taking into account that Canonical gave us that release about 10 days before, I think it is a reasonable period. Of the current Noble Numbat, it is known that He launched a beta version or testing on April 27, so we assume that there will be a stable version very soon. And that is good news that we cannot say about UbuntuDDE.

Ubuntu Sway, good; UbuntuDDE… cheer up!

The latest version of UbuntuDDE is 23.04, a Lunar Lobster that, as a provisional version, stopped receiving support last January and arrived in August, four months after his potential siblings. We did not have 23.10 and there is no news about it, much less about 24.04. I think that a good gauge of how a project is doing is to see its activity on social networks, and the last posts they have made on X have been to congratulate the year... little more.

Anyone who thinks this is not a good way to measure these things should take a look at the Ubuntu Sway Mastodon account and also to those of ubuntued y Free Web: while the last two have stopped publishing information about their projects - they are used to promote others from the same developer such as blendOS or Ubuntu Unity -, Ubuntu Sway continues to report on the latest releases, including those of previous LTSs.

Ubuntu Sway also has something against it, but it would be fixed with a change in philosophy. This edition uses the word "Remix" as a last name, and that usually means that its intention is to become part of the Canonical team, but among its characteristics it has to does not use snap packages. This would be considered some kind of heresy by Mark Shuttleworth and co., and they surely have this in their sights. But, as I say, it has an easy solution: implement them if the moment requires it.

Uncertain future in both cases

The future is uncertain in both cases. Looking back in time, Ubuntu Sway is doing things like Ubuntu Cinnamon and Ubuntu Unity did before, which is basically meet deadlines and demonstrate that its developers are capable of maintaining a distribution. Now, I think that the snaps thing cannot be part of the distribution. Believe. Then we have what is happening with UbuntuDDE, which is clearly not the most appropriate.

It is possible that in the coming months we will publish news about a rapprochement between Ubuntu Sway and Canonical, and some time after it has become an official flavor. About UbuntuDDE problems already I have written sometime in the past. The first time we talked about him It was in 2020, but in 2021 we saw that it was going a little against the wind. I know perfectly well how difficult it is to develop any small program, and that maintaining it is not an easy task either, and for that reason it is not good to give criticism if it is not constructive. From here, All I can say are words of encouragement., although I fear that it will be difficult for us to see UbuntuDDE as an official flavor.

The current family has 11 flavors, and soon there could be 12, but that twelfth flavor would be Ubuntu Core Desktop, an immutable version. Getting to 13 is possible thanks to Ubuntu Sway, but I wouldn't bet my money on 14. Not if it depends on an UbuntuDDE that doesn't seem to be going through its best moment.


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