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According to tech sources, Canonical is planning to drop the GNOME Control Center in favour in-house fork called Unity Control Center.  Unity desktop environment made by Canonical still relies heavily on GNOME. The developers have forked a lot of packages and have patched others. According to
Canonical’s Robert Ancell “Ubuntu makes use of a heavily patched gnome-control-center (61 patches) and we will in future move to the new Ubuntu System Settings once we achieve convergence.”


“We are already running an old version of gnome-control-center (3.6) and the value for Ubuntu in upgrading this is low since it would take a lot of work to update our changes. Running an old version until convergence blocks those who do use GNOME (i.e. Ubuntu GNOME),” .

The latest version of Control Center which is based on GNOME Control Center 3.6 will be replaced at least temporarily by a fork called Unity Control Center.

“To be very clear, this is a fork with a limited lifespan. We don’t expect to make significant changes to it outside of stability and security fixes. This change affects a number of packages, and I have attempted to find and fix all the side-effects,” also said Robert Ancell. The final goal is to have consistent Control Center in Ubuntu Touch. It’s likely that Ubuntu 14.04 might include the Unity Control Center.

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