Linked by Perry Helion on Fri 15th Mar 2013 18:20 UTC
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[7]: That's life
by hhas on Tue 19th Mar 2013 03:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: That's life"
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Well, I'd like to welcome outsider ideas, and to the extent that we can work better together, we should. But alas I think you go too far in asking us to put alternative distros on the chopping block. That is a bit of a slap in the face to those who find value in them and I have to disagree with you that their existence is a huge problem.

The existence of many dozens of small, overlapping DEs/distros is a problem, because there is more to achieving mass adoption than merely having a nice bit of tech. The bigger the market you want, the more that other less-technical factors such as public image and user confidence matter. And it's hard to project a strong, clear public image or convince users that a platform chosen today will be vigorous and strong some years from now when all you've got to show is random rabble of many small projects, no two pulling in a common direction.

That's fine if your only ever goal is to create fun toys for yourselves to play with (for there's absolutely nothing wrong with play itself), but it does pretty much rule out ever building a stable, standard platform that can grow a large, rich, permanent ecosystem all around it. And don't tell me that none of the Linux DEs and associated distros don't secretly dream of being The One That Makes It BIG, because I won't believe you.

So maybe "slaps in the face" is exactly what the desktop Linux world needs? As any good gardener will tell you: the way to achieve big, strong, healthy plants from an original seeding is to wait till they sprout, then pull all their weaker ones with a vengeance.

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