Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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bornagainenguin
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2005-08-07

the_wipet_biscuit trolled...

Strange, Unity wasn't forced on Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu.


That's right--Unity was forced on Ubuntu, Canonical's flagship GNOME 2.xx desktop.

Canonical didn't take away KDE from Kubuntu, their KDE centric desktop.

Canonical didn't take away LXDE from Lubuntu, their LXDE centric desktop.

Canonical didn't take away XFCE from Xubuntu, their XFCE centric desktop.

No, Canonical took away Gnome from Ubuntu, their Gnome centric desktop.

Is it any wonder those users who liked Ubuntu's Gnome desktop became so upset when suddenly everything they liked about the distro was removed? When there were no options to run Gnome any more? It was classic bait and switch and everyone who is honest knows it.

If Canonical wanted to have a different desktop, one that they built themselves, they could have very easily started a new branch with Unity as its focus. Or they could have allowed users to choose to continue running Gnome by selecting "Gnome Classic" like they had as an option in earlier versions. They did not do this. Instead they tried to force Unity down the throats of their users by removing the option to run Gnome. They fundamentally changed the product while retaining the same name.

Bait and switch.

--bornagainpenguin

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windowshasyou Member since:
2011-05-14

Canonical didn't take away KDE from Kubuntu, their KDE centric desktop.

No. They only ditched it in favor of Unity. Its now being run by another corp.

Canonical didn't take away LXDE from Lubuntu, their LXDE centric desktop.

Canonical didn't take away XFCE from Xubuntu, their XFCE centric desktop.

Lubuntu and Xubuntu are community driven and not supported by Canonical in anyway. If they were official Canonical products, their users would have had Unity forced on them.

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the_wipet_biscuit Member since:
2011-10-22

So, whoever is behind Kubuntu now is forcing KDE upon their users, and are evil?

If I'm installing the Gnome Livecd from Fedora, Gnome3 is forced upon me?

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the_wipet_biscuit Member since:
2011-10-22

"No, Canonical took away Gnome from Ubuntu, their Gnome centric desktop."

Ubuntu is the official distro from Canonical, not a Gnome spin-off. If you want that, you use Gnomebuntu. It's perfectly normal for Canonical to integrate their main software into their main product.

"Instead they tried to force Unity down the throats of their users by removing the option to run Gnome."

This is untrue. You can still run whatever DE you like under Ubuntu, including Gnome. Most distros only have one desktop installed by default, and sometime that desktop can change radically with a simple update (Gnome-Shell in Fedora, for example).

"They fundamentally changed the product while retaining the same name."

There is nothing wrong with that. Windows and Mac OS evolved a lot over the year, always using the same branding, "Windows" or"Mac OS". They don't create a derivative to sell their new software. They promote those changes in their main product.

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