Ubuntu Myopia Continues Among Users: Page 3

Posted December 20, 2010

Matt Hartley

Matt Hartley

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I also appreciate that Fedora has made an effort to be more engaging to the casual user. Their new project home page reflects this intent clearly. Fedora also supports software freedom, presenting progress with each release and, of course, stability in the user experience.

As Ubuntu pushes on, they will be releasing their next version with a new shell based on GNOME, called Unity. Advocates are quick to point out that it's "easy" to change this over to a regular GNOME desktop shell, yet I have yet to find the big round "easy button" that will make this possible for users of all skill levels.

Perhaps it's filed under an Ubuntu wish list someplace? Fedora, however, will continue in the tradition of software freedom first and newbie adoption second. This means that the GNOME desktop will remain, as it always has.

As of right now, I'm someone who uses Ubuntu, Debian and a few other distributions of Linux in my daily routine. My main desktop happens to be running Ubuntu right now. So to say that I dislike Ubuntu would be inaccurate. No, my concerns with Ubuntu stem from the distribution becoming so big and mainstream that we see it losing focus on what is truly important – their existing user base.

Even though it can be said that the user is free to undo anything that is not preferred out of the box, the list continues to get longer with each release. When Ubuntu first started out, I was all on board. These days, however, I’m beginning to waver.

Making matters worse is the brand confusion taking place within the Linux community, as new users are mistaking one single distribution of Linux as its whole. And that, my friends, should be of great cause for alarm.

Love Ubuntu? No problem. But please stop worshiping it. Ubuntu is merely a member of a much larger community. And it's high time we remember that.

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