Such spins are not a new concept for Ubuntu. Today, you can download versions of Ubuntu that use one of many different desktop environments by default – including KDE, LXDE, MATE, XFCE, Budgie, and even GNOME (before it became the default). Now, it looks like a Unity-based spin might be in development.
Unity has quite a reputation in the Linux community, with many accusing Canonical of creating unnecessary fractures between Linux users. At the same time, however, Unity was still a mature desktop environment that provides some unique features, such as its HUD system.
While the desktop environment continues to receive some support due to being a part of Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, which is a Long-Term Support release, a community group emerged with the goal to keep Unity fully compatible with newer versions of the operating system. Recently, this grop was contacted by Martin Wimpress, the co-founder of the Ubuntu MATE flavour, who proposed creating a proper Ubuntu Unity 7 flavour.
This project is still in very early stages, but it has received an approval from Canonical's legal team to use the "Ubuntu" name and also has support from various Canonical employees and Ubuntu developers.
So far, the priority for this project is to keep Unity up to date and fully working in the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 release. While this project is still very new, you can already download a test ISO image to try out for yourself, visit the project's Launchpad team, and join the mailing list.
What do you think? Would you be interested in sticking with Unity, or are you enjoying your GNOME experience? Let us know in the comments below!