In a way Canonical is just doing something that Android has pioneered. Take
the kernel, share some userspace components, but turn it all into your own
private platform. That's certainly a valid strategy. And they might even
pull it off (in contrast to Google, they create the platform gradually
instead of abruptly) But I'll leave it to you to figure out what this all
means for the Linux platform and ecosystem in general...
-- Lennart Poettering
Yes it's a valid strategy for Ubuntu, but it's not really a friendly one is it? Taking the rest of the Linux ecosystem into account that is. I remember when Ubuntu had the tagline "Linux for Human Beings". Now I'm starting to doubt they want to be associated with Linux.
(in the comments)
One of the nice effects of open source is that there are absolute
limits to crazyness. People are free to do whatever crazy stuff they
want. Someone else will step forward and fork it back to sanity if
necessary. This system works very well.
-- Bjørn Mork
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