Can you get emotional with software? Can you get happy with a new Gnome release? Can you get mad about Gnome3? Can you get sad because Ubuntu dropped GS? Can you get excited because GS will return in Ubuntu? Can you fight about KDE and Gnome?
Linux Desktop is nothing more but a Feeling!
Linux Desktop whatever is this, Unity, KDE, XFCE, Gnome; isn’t about getting the five billions users of Android and possible Chrome OS. Linux Desktop isn’t about having an Open Source box that runs thousands proprietary Apps on top. It isn’t even about the Open Source.
It is about the community. People do have Androids, but do they love them? Do they put stickers on them?
Don’t try to compete with Google’s products, you will lose. You will lose in any case. Even if you get the 100% of the market share. You will miss the point of the Linux Desktop and you will make it another “product on the shelf”. Let Linux Desktop to keep it’s genuine spirit, don’t force it, don’t push it more than it has to.
Proprietary software cannot compete Open Source. This battle is over. Now a second one (silently) is beginning. Commercial Open Source Vs Community Open Source. Let Linux Desktop to be on the second side.
Ubuntu + Gnome
There is no reason to praise the contribution of Mark Shuttleworth in Open Source. There is no reason to praise the impact of Ubuntu in Linux Desktop. These are un-doubtful facts, and we thank Mark and all the other guys that worked on this.
We used to love Ubuntu. Let us love it again. Even that small (or large, doesn’t matter) portion of people that like Gnome.
Support an Ubuntu Gnome derivative. This idea is about a year’s old. But it ain’t happen. Let it happen now, for Ubuntu 13.04. Gnome needs Ubuntu. Ubuntu needs Gnome. But more importantly WE want an Ubuntu Gnome distro.
So I am asking all people that want to see this getting real, to push it by comments on blogs, on socials and if they have some spare time to actively involved in Gnome and Ubuntu Gnome communities.
A mistake of me
Jono Bacon (for the people who don’t know him, is the Community Manager of Ubuntu) let a comment:
“I don’t believe Canonical is seeking a name…this is a community project” on the post “Canonical is Seeking a Name for an Ubuntu/Gnome Spin!”
The right title should be “Ubuntu Community is Seeking a Name for an Ubuntu/Gnome Spin!”. I let a note on the bottom of that article (just minutes after I posted it) to clarify that this isn’t a Canonical but an Ubuntu community effort. This title was a mistake of me. Unfortunately I cannot change it because it has been already post it automatically on socials and RSS.
I am sorry for it, and no reason to make it big deal! I guess people don’t just read titles!