Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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"Linux Mint is for people who resist change at all costs, they have essentially recreated Windows 95 out of a modern desktop - its underpinnings are still essentially Gnome Shell."

I sincerely think you'll find that people like myself abandoned Ubuntu *not* because we're opposed to change at all costs, but because of Ubuntu's attitude that we should accept their changes regardless of how useful it is for us.

We understand that gnome2 was an aging code base and we are in fact happy to participate with the next generation desktop, however we don't believe in dumbing down our desktops with replacements that drop features and whose primary assets are eye candy.

The message to shuttleworth: go ahead and make a friendly desktop, but apply more common sense in making features that look good and work well for pros. Above all, listen to your users (for god's sake this shouldn't even need to be said!) Make the desktop flexible enough to be configured how WE want it. We want to promote linux by making it powerful and easy, not by dumbing it down. By ignoring us, you may be making more enemies and throwing away an opportunity to make a truly better linux desktop for everyone.

Edited 2013-03-09 02:39 UTC

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