There has been a humongous amount of fluff flying through the air regarding Ubuntu and Canonical as of late and it seems to be a lack of communication (as other blogs have also pointed out) between the community and Canonical. There is obviously a huge rift in the community over this and a form of exodus is happening. To be honest, I do not know whether I really consider myself part of the Ubuntu community anymore. Perhaps I am, because I am still working with the Ubuntu Beginner’s Team and have plans to continue on doing so. I do not, however, run Ubuntu, nor do I know anything about JuJu and it’s “charms” or a whole lot about Unity! Despite this, it is still one of the distributions I do recommend to total newcomers to the Linux playing field, but only alongside other suggestions (Mint or Debian, depending on the person).
Disillusioned, this one is, about Ubuntu. The shine has worn off for me but I am going to do my best to make sure that my perspective of these situations doesn’t impact others’ negatively. Ubuntu is still a great idea and Canonical is doing some truly wonderful things for getting Linux more widely known as a great operating system alternative to Windows and Mac.
It shouldn’t matter what we use in Linux, as Linux is all about the freedom of choice. Ubuntu is no different; it is another conglomeration of tools within the Linux ecosystem. It does what it does pretty darn well. This whole issue should be less about what Canonical is doing, and more about what we the user and developers are doing. When it comes down to it, Canonical is doing what they want. Why don’t we? We have the freedom to do so. There are no walls around us in Linux. There is no box that we must fit inside. It is what we make of it.
At any rate, I shall still be around #ubuntu-beginners and #ubuntu-beginners-team to see how I can help rebuild from our end of the spectrum.
Perhaps I do feel part of the community, but only because it has made a rather large impact on my life. If you don’t frequent or visit the aforementioned channels, you can also find me in #ubuntu-expats on oftc.
We can be part of multiple communities. I think people tend to forget this.
Edit: Post-publish tweet furthering my thought.
— Cpt. Thomas Mashek (@cptmashek) March 10, 2013