The Unity desktop you know and (maybe) love has its days numbered. Canonical is at work on Unity 8, which looks more to revolutionize the desktop shell rather than just evolve it. While it’s still quite a while away from being the default desktop on your next Ubuntu installation, curious folks can try it out right now if they’d like. Here’s how and what to expect so far with the new desktop. Why Is Unity Changing? While I don’t think Canonical has anything against the current Unity desktop, it has much bigger plans in store. The company has been working hard to try to achieve its goal of total convergence — meaning that it wants to have the same interface and apps across all devices, including your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Microsoft has already tried this somewhat with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, and Apple is taking baby steps as well with the incremental changes in Mac OS X that make it more similar to iOS. Canonical wants to be the first company to provide good convergence with Linux, and is betting big that people will like it and start using all of the Ubuntu operating systems they’ll have to offer. Read More..