I am aware that this entry may not have much appeal to many of the followers I’ve accumulated, but it’s of interest to me and that’s enough for this blog. Continue at your own risk…
I was a bug fan of Ubuntu a few years back, but started falling out of love with the OS when they introduced Unity. My whole purpose in using the linux based distro was to satisfy my OCD need to control my user interface and optimize my workflow (i.e. have something to screw around with and tweak while avoiding work). Unity, at least at first, went against all of that because it disabled the years of add-ons that developers had made for the previous interface GNOME.
Now I hear that the developers of Ubuntu, Canonical, are moving even further away from mainstream linux development.
“Unity may make more sense to users now that Ubuntu Touch has been unveiled. The trouble is Ubuntu is venturing further and further from the Linux tools used by the greater community.
What’s the problem with this? Isn’t freedom of choice a part of the spirit of open source development? Yes, but duplication of effort also flies in the face of the open source ethos. One phrase regarding the creation of Mir that came up over and over again in comment threads and discussion boards is “not invented here syndrome,” a term for “reinventing the wheel” when there is no compelling technical reason to do so. Rather than improve an existing project that does what Canonical wants, the company is investing resources in its own pet project…”
This does not make me happy. I was going to give Ubuntu and Unity another chance by upgrading the pre-unity distribution I’ve been working off of, but I’m after reading this article I’m not sure it will be worth it to continue to invest my time in Ubuntu.
Thanks for listening to my nerd-ball rant.