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6. Desktop-centric distributions
After the change Ubuntu made with Unity, a number of distributions reacted by creating releases based on specific desktops. The likes of Bodhi Linux have gained wider popularity, thanks to Ubuntu 11.04 and Unity. Most of these desktops have been available for a while, but they only achieved their present success after Unity arrived. It has also boosted the popularity of such distributions as Xubuntu and Kubuntu — still Ubuntu Linux, but with a different flavour on the desktop.
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7. Linux Mint
If it weren't for Ubuntu Unity, Linux Mint would not be where it is today. And Linux Mint is one of the finest desktop distributions available. They have taken GNOME 3 and stretched it to include a number of extensions to make GNOME 3 a mashup of Classic GNOME and GNOME 3. It looks great and is one of the most user-friendly desktops you'll ever use.
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8. Ubuntu Unity
Some may be surprised to see Unity included here, but it deserves its place because it proves Canonical is still committed to pushing boundaries. I also include it because its rise has really taken the Linux desktop to a new level, making designers and developers realise that they can't sit back on their reputations. Now every desktop in the Linuxverse is enjoying new life and development. Even if you hate Ubuntu Unity, you must give it credit for rejuvenating the Linux desktop.