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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu has come under a decent amount of flack over the past few months, particularly over their decision to use the 'Dash Search' to return results from Amazon by default in their most recent release.
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RE[2]: Picking sides...
by Alfman on Mon 18th Mar 2013 03:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Picking sides..."
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"Take PGP, for instance: great tool, but the average person never uses it, even for sensitive communications, because the user experience is just lousy. But if the FOSS folk were to figure out how to make ubiquitous PGP 'just work' in email communications - i.e. without the user having to think about it (or even know what it is) - and suddenly they've got a potential game-changer."

It's not a technology problem, or a FOSS problem, it's a chicken and egg problem. Any developer possessing cryptographic skills (including yours truly) could single-handedly re-implement email with fully transparent public key end to end encryption. The problem is getting universal adoption.

Look at SPF records, designed to detect and block smtp domain spoofing.

They'd be effective if they would only be adopted, but therein lies the chicken and egg problem again. It's ineffective, but *only* because so few are using it. I can't even use it for my own domains because my registrar doesn't allow me to control SPF records - in fact most don't either.

Another example is ipv6, in theory moving would solve a lot of problems. But it's pretty lonely in there unless you tunnel back into ipv4 space. It's another chicken and egg problem.

"That's the sort of innovatory HCI work FOSS could, and should(!), be doing. Yet, they'd rather putter out yet another bloody Win95-style DE for the hundredth time that simply reheats worn-out, decades-old concepts lifted from Xerox, and all to the utter indifference of the entire planet"

Various projects are not mutually exclusive to each other, some devs prefer working on DE, others can work on distributed file systems, etc. For every single DE developer, there must be thousands more already working on other problems. Use the DE you like best and you can ignore the rest, why can't that be a win?

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