Ubuntu fans are being coaxed into accepting a new emphasis on design in the next desktop release and breaking the umbilical link to old server hardware for the cloud. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has judged that "the nail-biting transitions to Unity and GNOME 3 are behind us" and that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – due in April next year – provides the opportunity to "put perfection front and centre".
The next version will be called Precise Pangolin.
Celebrating Ubuntu fonts and typefaces on Thursday, Shuttleworth called Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: "An opportunity to work through the whole desktop interface and make sure we're using exactly the right weight in each place, bringing the work we've been doing for several cycles fully into focus."
While there's scope to tweak the user experience, these opportunities would probably be put on hold to focus on "polish, performance and predictability".
Shuttleworth was rallying the penguins ahead of the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), to be held in Orlando, Florida, next month, where they'll hash out the 12.04 LTS design and build.