Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu distribution, made the choice a few versions ago to switch from developing its own Unity desktop environment to running a customized version of GNOME Shell. While this move sparked debates in the Ubuntu community, it has allowed GNOME and Canonical to cooperate and share development resources. Ubuntu developer Daniel van Vugt recently shared some improvements with GNOME which should improve performance for GNOME users. The supplied code includes an explanation which concludes: "So this commit selects just a few areas where caching has been verified to be beneficial, and many use cases now see their CPU usage halved."
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