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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Unity is open source, and until someone tells me "I tried to work with the Ayatana design team and the Unity devs but they didn't want anything to do with me because Ubuntu is secretly Oracle in disguise and Mark Shuttleworth is Bill Gates's long lost cousin", I will assume that it is a cooperative project that other developers can sign onto.

Wrong way around. Gnome is the elder project and Canonical should have sought to work with the Gnome project on the shell. Only after being completely rejected by the Gnome project, should they opt for an in-house project.

As far as we know, Canonical never went to the Gnome project with their ideas. Gnome even accused Canonical as contributing to little, which infers that they are willing to co-operate. So why is Unity a seperate project and not a set of ideas incorporated in Gnome Shell?

I will agree that this is a matter of perspective. If contributing is defined as just writing code and making it available on a public server, then this is a major contribution by Canonical. If you define contributing as writing code in collaboration with other projects as much as possible, with a long term goal of growing the commons, then Canonical is not contributing.

The fact that some dude is bankrolling Unity with his own cash speaks more to me than ten volunteers working for a year on the same project.

Difference of view point. I'll take the underfunded volunteers anytime over the one throwing money at his own agenda's. My agenda is long term availability and maintenance of the code. I want dependability and someone putting "easy money" into something doesn't instill much trust in me. (Easy money, as in the lump sum gained from selling Thawte. What is a thousand more or less, if you've got millions?) If Shuttleworth decides tomorrow that Canonical and Ubuntu aren't a worthwhile investment, those "easy" thousands stop flowing.

-- adjusted the amount of money Mark S. has available.

Edited 2010-10-27 10:59 UTC

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