Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Oct 2010 19:00 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Well, this is sure to raise a few eyebrows here and there. Today, at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, Mark Shuttleworth held his keynote speech, and in it, he announced that Ubuntu will switch to the Unity user interface come release, for both the netbook as well as the desktop, leaving the GNOME user interface behind (but keeping the GNOME platform).
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Maybe now people will stop kvetching about how Canonical doesn't contribute to Linux development.

How is this Linux development? Linux development, before the advent of Canonical and Ubuntu, was one of co-opetition, where the major players used the same core infrastructure and just a pinch of home brew seasoning. This ensured that the majority of development efforts concentrated in upstream projects, where the joint investment in code accumulated value for everyone.

We had some defectors from this principle, but where are Corel Linux/Xandros/Linspire (etc.) now? Practically not on the radar.

Enter Canonical; backed by millions out of a private war chest. In the first years Ubuntu was just a repackaging of Debian SID. They spent an inordinate amount of time in marketing to make it visible and now they do a bait and switch and substantially diverge from what means to make a distribution. They dump the code out there with a take it or leaving stance. This is not co-operation. This is fragmenting the community codebase willfully in order to create a seperate, Canonical controlled, offshoot called Ubuntu.

The only way to "co-operate" with this way of development is to become an Ubuntu derivative. Dialog between projects doesn't seem to be possible with Canonical. In a few years we will have Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Ubuntu. What Canonical is doing now is not growing the Linux code base. It is splintering it.

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