Monday, 17 June 2013

Re: non-Unity flavours and Mir

On 13-06-17 11:01 PM, Scott Kitterman wrote:

>> Well to start with, we can all acknowledge that everybody just wants to
>> build something better. And while we obviously have different ideas
>> about what that means, we can still work together when it makes sense.
>> There is room enough in our ecosystem for more than one display server,
>> just as there is room enough for more than one desktop environment, more
>> than one GUI toolkit, and more than one distro.
>
> Certainly. It's certainly possible that I'm being overly pessimistic, but it
> looks to me like the path that Ubuntu is on now is more like a single company
> dominated special purpose(s) Linux variant like Android than as a broadly
> useful general purpose distribution. As I've said before, I'm sure Canonical
> sees the business benefit in investing their engineering resources this way,
> but we shouldn't pretend the change isn't happening. It won't be quick (I've
> no idea the timeframe), but that's pretty clearly the path.
>

I disagree. Ubuntu is whatever the community and Canonical decides it
is. Nobody is preventing anyone from maintaining whatever they like in
the archive, including the components that make it a general purpose
distribution, and components required for Kubuntu to be a first class
flavour.

A "single company dominated special purpose Linux variant" is what
happens when the community gets denied access to modify or maintain
parts of the archive. That is definitely not the case.

Marc.



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