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My Thoughts On Ubuntu's Decision to Dump X Server

Nov 09, 2010, 05:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rex Djere)

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"I recently got into a friendly argument with a friend of mine who is very much anti-Ubuntu. He believes that Canonical is slowly but surely selling-out the GNU/Linux community to make a profit. I completely disagree with him. I have watched several interviews with Canonical's CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, and I find him to be as committed to the free software/open source principles as anyone else. I also think that he has a very adventurous streak, and he is not the type of person that likes to take the same conservative routes that many others prefer. Given my analysis of his personality, I was not at all surprised by Canonical's decision to replace Gnome shell with Unity, and to replace X Server with Wayland. Ultimately, I do believe that profit is part of the motivation, but I also think that there is a strong desire to establish a reputation for boldness and to make Ubuntu stand out as a GNU/Linux distribution. I like what they are doing because it brings GNU/Linux a lot of attention and draws in people who are curious. I want to eventually see GNU/Linux pre-installed on computers at retail outlets so that the consumer has real choices. The extent to which Ubuntu has helped to put GNU/Linux on people's radar brings us one step closer to making a GNU/Linux world a reality"

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