Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 17:28 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth, dropping a bombshell on a boring Wednesday:

We are wrapping up an excellent quarter and an excellent year for the company, with performance in many teams and products that we can be proud of. As we head into the new fiscal year, it's appropriate to reassess each of our initiatives. I'm writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

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I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts. In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a 'better the devil you know' approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.

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RE[2]: RH
by l3v1 on Thu 6th Apr 2017 09:16 UTC in reply to "RE: RH"
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There are many corporate entity going a different way to Redhat. HP support of Debian. Debian does not seam to be at any long term threat from Redhat. Debian on package management has gone a different way to Redhat for kinda for ever.


Redhat has been the best example of a company-backed distro that managed to stay relevant, and Debian is the very best example of a real community-made distro that has always stayed relevant since its inception. Other distros, while some been around for a long time, tried to replicate one or the other way, but in the end, in my book, these two are the ones you can - and could always - rely on.

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