Shuttleworth: Unity shell will be default desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 (ars technica)
Posted Oct 26, 2010 4:51 UTC (Tue) by rsidd
In reply to: Shuttleworth: Unity shell will be default desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 (ars technica)
Parent article: Shuttleworth: Unity shell will be default desktop in Ubuntu 11.04 (ars technica)
My take is you're right except that I don't think the goal is to diverge from GNOME. Rather, I think Shuttleworth has its own vision, that he wants to implement on a rapid timescale, and it will never be possible with GNOME. GNOME is a democracy (like India) and slow-moving. Ubuntu is a dictatorship (like China) and gets thing done fast. But unlike with India and China, people are free to leave GNOME or Ubuntu, so there is no real downside to the dictatorship. Most free-software projects (including most FSF projects) are in fact dictatorships -- the main freedom developers have is to fork, and that happens only under extreme provocation. So there is nothing new here.
So Shuttleworth wants to do something radically different, without being hemmed in by the requirements of the GNOME project or other distros. Good for him. If it works, it's still free software and others can benefits. If it fails, it doesn't hurt anyone else.
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