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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Canonical is not backing a FOSS project so much as it is building something in-house which is also visible to the outside and willing to accept patches. No one else wants or needs this, so while we all cheer for the GPL you can't really say that Ubunut is contributing to the movement. They're adding further fragmentation and not refining the common core.

There is a real and important difference between a community-driven project and a corporate-driven project. It's not enough to simply make it and release the code.

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