until now, Clear Linux had a very rudimentary, XFCE based GUI.
Now, as most folks know, XFCE development is pretty slow and
while I appreciate the work of the developers that work on XFCE,
we wanted to be able to move Clear Linux to a Wayland environment
over time, and XFCE has no path to that.
Being a cloud oriented Linux distro, the UI hasn't been a top priority
for us, but since September of last year we've slowly been adding
all the packages needed for a Gnome3 based UI(both gnome-shell and
gnome-flashback versions) to the Clear Linux OS.
Finally that has reached a point where things have started to work,
and the upcoming release (hopefully later today) will have a "desktop"
bundle which is a Gnome3 based UI.
Currently that is still based on Xorg (we wanted to change 1 thing
at a time), and for the next week or two we'll keep the XFCE UI
in parallel. But our intent is that once the Gnome3 UI is flashed out,
that we deprecate the XFCE side and go to only the Gnome3 stack.
For systems without a 3D card (e.g. VMs) we provide the gnome-flashback environment,
which is in some ways in XFCE style, while for systems with 3D support
we have the full gnome-shell experience.
Once we have the current gnome3 base stable enough, we'll start the work
of moving it to a Wayland underpinning.