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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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That is not the kind of commentary that I find productive. Its an intellectual dead end, and an invitation to a flame war.

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RE[8]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by sorpigal on Tue 26th Oct 2010 15:02 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by mrAmiga500"
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Flame wars are not unproductive. If you think this then you're already far off base. They're just not very civil and not the *most* productive form of debate.

To berate someone and mod them down for stating an opinion which is not an extreme one or off topic, just because the person did not happen to supply a sufficiently elaborate explanation for his opinion in the same post, is an extremely hostile type of behavior. You are stifling the free exchange of ideas. If you want a "justification" for his opinion you can reply and ask for one. Here's a template: "I think you're an idiot and wrong about FOO. Care to try and explain why you think it IS/ISN'T so GOOD/BAD?" And then you'll get the kind of explanation you apparently think must be supplied up front as some kind of debate entry fee.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Point #1: I'm not berating anyone.

Point #2: That's exactly what I would have done, politely asked him why he felt that way. I would have done it because I'm usually a rational person who does not respond to agitation with agitation, or at least I delude myself into thinking I would like to be such a person. However, most people are not so even keeled, fuelling the flames. I'm not asking for a white paper, graphs, or a code level analysis. Just a I dislike product X because of Y.

PS. You really think flame wars are productive? Its like US politics in a microcosm, everyone shouts their opinion past each other assuming ill intent from all.

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