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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.
9. GNOME 3 libs
Another achievement of the modern iteration of GNOME are the underpinning libraries known as GNOME 3 libs. Although they may not be of interest to most end users, these libraries are worth mentioning because they have dramatically helped increase performance and simplify development. Ubuntu Unity is making the migration to the GNOME 3 libraries — greatly increasing the reliability and performance of the Unity desktop.
With the choice available on the Linux desktop, you're bound to find a style that suits you. The renaissance we're seeing reminds me very much of the mid- to late 1990s, when there were so many excellent Linux desktops it was hard to decide which to use. Now, style has been mixed with user-friendliness and the features needed for home and company use. No matter your level, or how you are using the Linux desktop, you can do it with style.
The Linux desktop is alive and flourishing. The developments of the past year will move the Linux desktop even further forward. I'm excited about the desktop is and where it's going. What about you?
This story originally appeared as 10 things the Linux desktop can be proud of on TechRepublic.
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