Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:44 UTC
Laurence
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I think there's room for both the accessible and the "l33t" distros in Linux. That's one of the reasons I why I love it; I mean sure it has it's faults (so many of them), but at least the fragmentation also offers users a choice.

My grip with Canonical is that their proposed changes often threaten to break that choice. The latest scare being their proposed switch to an in-house display server instead of Wayland or Xorg.

Ubuntu Announces Mir, A X.Org/Wayland Replacement:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTMxNzI

Canonical's Mir Project Retracts Wayland Criticism:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTMxODY

I wouldn't be the slightest bit surprised if 5 or 10 years from now, Ubuntu will be as incompatible with "GNU/Linux" (or whatever the hell you want to call the other desktop / server distros) as Android is with them currently. Which is quite a troubling thought in my opinion. It's one thing not to care about the elitists, but Shuttleworth don't seem to care about compatibility either, which is only bad for Linux in the long run.

Edited 2013-03-08 16:47 UTC

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