Unity 8 has died; long live lomiri


The history of Unity 8 is well known. It began to gain popularity when Canonical spoke of the convergence of Ubuntu, a convergence that the company that runs Mark Shuttleworth forgot because they realized that, at least today, it is unfeasible to use the same operating system on computers and computers. on mobile devices. Those are chapters of past seasons of a series in which the last episode has brought us a new name: lomiri.

But what is Lomiri? So and how we read in the last UBports entry, it's pronounced "loumiri" and it's nothing more than the new Unity 8 name. Therefore, Lomiri is a graphical environment ready for use on phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. Also, it is based on the Unity that Canonical started, but is no longer related to the company. Since Canonical abandoned it, it is UBports who takes charge of its development. Nothing has changed except his name.

Lomiri looks good on phones, tablets and computers

UBports has explained some of the reasons why they have decided to change the name of Unity 8 to Lomiri and the first one they have mentioned is that "Unity" is also a 2D / 3D simulation and games platform. There were many users who came asking about games to the UBports forums, which was a problem that messed everything up and they had to solve. Other reasons are explained as follows:

Additionally, efforts have begun bundling Lomiri into Debian and Fedora. A sticking point for these efforts was the name "ubuntu" in many of the Lomiri dependencies. For example, "ubuntu-ui-toolkit", "ubuntu-download-manager", "qtubuntu", and so on. The packagers cautioned that packages containing the name "ubuntu" may not be accepted on their target distribution.

Another less technical reason has to do with its pronunciation: Unity8 was difficult to pronounce, so it was difficult to say it several times in a conversation. At first, they expected Canonical to leave it to only "Unity", but that did not happen. What did happen is that they abandoned the project and the name was kept, so this change has also had to be done by UBPorts.

Easier to pronounce and use

UBports tried several names before deciding on Lomiri, but they all had one problem or another. The chosen name is perfect because it is easy to pronounce and does not present any development problems, which includes not fighting with any dependency.

But the best and what most interests users is that we are not going to notice anything at all. Unity 8 did not appear anywhere in the operating systems that used it, so everything will continue as before. The only thing we have to know is that from now on the developers refer to it by another name, one that we have to get used to hearing and also saying.

How about the name change from Unity 8 to Lomiri?

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  1.   pipe said

    For me it is a pity canolical will kill the project to change to gnome is a step back despite today gnome 3 is very good but ubuntu with unity is different has its identity as linux mint with cinnamo and the elementary environment I hope lomiri solves the mystery for us as unity would 8 running really calls my intention.