Ubuntu developer known for many performance enhancements to the Gnome desktop environment Daniel van Vugt wants to get rid of From the Ubuntu application dock, or Ubuntu Dock. The reason is that the application dock contains too many bugs and there is not enough time to fix them.
The Ubuntu dock is based on the super-popular Gnome add-on, Dash to Dock. However, they are two separate projects, as the Ubuntu dock is an integral part of Ubuntu, which is why Canoncial has to take care of its quality assurance.
In April last year, Van Vugt proposed that the Ubuntu dock be merged into the Dash to Dock project, or rather abandoned altogether. In this way, an Ubuntu user would be greeted in the future by an empty desktop, or Gnome’s revamped multitasking view, which Canonical then ends up with in the case of Ubuntu 21.04.
The Ubuntu dock has been an important part of Gnome-based Ubuntu for many, as the interface is reminiscent of the long-serving Unity. It was important to Canonical that the “atmosphere” of Unity was maintained even though the background system changed back to Gnome in 2017.
If Ubuntu ends up removing the application dock, it can have unpredictable consequences. Canonical has already had time to make a lot of decisions that have caused widespread criticism among the Linux community. The first to come to mind are snap packages and the decision to give up maintaining a 32-bit driving library.
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