I ran across this article …
Engadget: Project Unity stuffs 20 classic consoles into one: if you can’t play it, it’s probably too new (video)
… and it made me wonder how many projects we have named Unity!
This Unity is the (relatively) new user interface for Ubuntu Linux. You can read more about it here:
For me, the biggest difference is the new menu. Instead of a traditional “start”-style menu, Unity introduces this new dash:
One of the things that I need to master as a blogger talking about the Unity interface is the lingo. Here’s a little article that shows what the different parts are called:
Ask Ubuntu: What’s the right terminology for Unity’s UI elements?
Just FYI, I discovered some nice information about Unity and some of the alternatives:
- Wikipedia: Controversy over GNOME 3
- Wikipedia: Cinnamon (user interface)
- Wikipedia: MATE (desktop environment)
- Wikipedia: GNOME Shell
Unity Gaming Engine
I have a friend and colleague that did some work with the Unity Gaming Engine. Since it is a 3D engine, I get it confused easily with the “Unity 3D” interface, but it’s completely different.
Just by looking at their website, you can see the quality of the graphics. I haven’t had a chance to work with it, but it looks very nice.
While looking around for other things called Unity, I came across this .Net project. I am not sure I have the bandwidth to try to understand it, but it’s yet another unrelated Unity project.
Codeplex: patterns & practices – Unity
Unity Linux Distribution
I am not sure this distribution is still active. When I first searched this out, it was there, but now, the site doesn’t respond. The Wikipedia article describes it a little. A distribution with that name would be very confusing.