In this episode JWP discusses the negativity surrounding the Unity desktop.
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Comment #1 posted on 2011-05-30T19:58:00Z by AngerFish
People have been giving deserved criticism to Ubuntu and Shuttleworth for the design choices made, and for you to characterize this as "whining" is the height of cuntitude. People are invested in Ubuntu both in install base and possibly support contracts, and they have every right to criticize the distro, should they choose to, without you belittling their opinions as "whining".
I find it hilarious that you seem to think that Canonical is doing what they do out of the goodness of their hearts, while they continue to leech on open source projects, trying to turn them proprietary at every turn.
Comment #2 posted on 2011-06-01T17:36:23Z by Morgauxo
Ubuntu's direction scares me... Not because of Unity but because of Wayland. I respect people's right to run Unity if they want to, or Gnome or KDE or FVWM if that's their choice. But run it under X!
The wayland developers have been very clear about not being interested in supporting network transparency. I would say to the point of arrogance. They are very dismissive over people's concerns about that feature. That particular feature of X is one of my favorite things about the current typical Linux environment.
I don't use Ubuntu. I haven't cared for Gnome since all the preferences started moving into the registry. That's one of my least favorite features of Windows, I surely don't want it in Linux. I care about the direction Ubuntu takes because they are the leader right now. There seems to be way more hype around Ubuntu then the other distros combined. I fear that where they go the others will follow. I don't want to see a day when the new applications are all written for Wayland.
So what bills do Canonical pay? Do they subsidize Gnome development? Not every Linux user uses Gnome. Gnome existed a long time before Canonical did anyway. Actually, pretty much all of GNU/Linux existed before Canonical. It can exist without Canonical.
Open source proved it can exist and thrive without corporate sponsorship a long time ago. Could Canonical exist without open source? I don't think so.