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Ubuntu TV Still Being Ported To Unity 3D

Ubuntu

Published on 16 October 2012 02:57 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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With Unity 2D having been dropped from Ubuntu 12.10, another consequence of this controversial decision is that the Ubuntu TV work must be ported to Unity (3D).

The early Ubuntu TV work was using Unity 2D as the basis for its interface, but now it must be ported to the standard Unity code-base with Compiz. While hopefully the performance won't be too bad for Unity on Ubuntu TV, it's a large undertaking.

In the latest Ubuntu TV weekly update, the status of the Unity porting for the TV version was shared. Changing out Unity for Ubuntu TV is just over half-way complete. "Since Unity 2D is deprecated for Ubuntu 12.10, much work is being done to port Ubuntu TV to Unity 3D. Much of this work is included in the 12.10 Ubuntu desktop. Currently the transition is approximately 60% complete."

Additionally, "For TV’s Unity, launchers no longer track the status of applications, nor will the associated lenses be loaded."

Dropping Unity 2D also caused big problems for the Ubuntu desktop on ARM hardware.

We should find out more about the Ubuntu TV plans later this month in Copenhagen.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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