Shuttleworth: Quality has a new name
Posted Apr 25, 2012 12:03 UTC (Wed) by pboddie
In reply to: Shuttleworth: Quality has a new name
Parent article: Shuttleworth: Quality has a new name
To be honest, I think Ubuntu deserves some credit (as does RedHat/Fedora/Ubuntu) for reinvigorating the race to a "polished" desktop.
True, but for many years, Ubuntu was merely providing GNOME and KDE with some customisation (not all of it positively received) in a more timely fashion than Debian. In other words, the underlying offerings were pretty good already, and Ubuntu was just a convenient packaging of them with enough infrastructure and brand identity to make that packaging persuasive.
Now, however, the Ubuntu developers have moved into new territory, and although I can see the point of them doing that, I'm not convinced that they've shown enough stamina to deliver a complete experience living up to what they have been promising. So, digging beneath the surface of Unity's tablet-like shell paradigm, there are still the confused settings panels reminiscent in places of old-style Kubuntu and even Windows. All that cruft should be tidied up and the system made more reliable so that you don't really have to look at it unless you really have to.
Sorry, I prefer open web services to closed ones (that is why my cloud is a webdav server), but condeming Ubuntu as evil because they have a cloud service they like to push, sounds a bit overstretched to me.
Can you migrate from it? Can you substitute something else in its place? Those are the pertinent questions.
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