December 28, 2012, 7:53 PM — It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose.
For that reason, it's all the more striking when large numbers of users express a marked preference for the same thing.
Case in point? GNOME 2.
Despite the best efforts of projects including Ubuntu and GNOME itself to entice users with new, mobile-style interfaces--namely, Unity and GNOME 3--legions of Linux users have resisted with equal vigor, demonstrating in no uncertain terms that their longtime favorite still holds the key to their computing hearts.
The king returns
GNOME 2, of course, was long the default desktop interface in numerous Linux distributions, including Canonical's popular Ubuntu.
In 2011 the dramatically redesigned GNOME 3 arrived on the scene, however, right around the same time that its like-minded cousin, Unity, was made desktop Ubuntu's default interface. Both sparked considerable controversy.