After the recent 10.10 release, Mark Shuttleworth has made some pretty big announcements regarding the future of Ubuntu. First, they plan to ditch GNOME and switch to a Unity based desktop environment
Unity is currently being used in the netbook distro, however it's going to become the primary environment in future releases.
More importantly, it was announced today that Ubuntu is shifting away from X11 and will be using the newer and more advanced Wayland display server
. X Server has been synonymous with Linux environments for over twenty years, and it sounds like Shuttleworth is finally bringing meaningful GUI changes to the FOSS community. Scott has always said that the problem with open source software is that they have horrific user interface design, could this be a change that will finally make Ubuntu competitive in the OS community?