After announcing his company was abandoning Unity for GNOME, Shuttleworth posted a thank-you note to the Unity community Friday on Google Plus, but added on Saturday:
"I used to think that it was a privilege to serve people who also loved the idea of service, but now I think many members of the free software community are just deeply anti-social types who love to hate on whatever is mainstream. When Windows was mainstream they hated on it. Rationally, Windows does many things well and deserves respect for those. And when Canonical went mainstream, it became the focus of irrational hatred too. The very same muppets would write about how terrible it was that IOS/Android had no competition and then how terrible it was that Canonical was investing in (free software!) compositing and convergence. Fuck that shit."
"The whole Mir hate-fest boggled my mind - it's free software that does something invisible really well. It became a political topic as irrational as climate change or gun control, where being on one side or the other was a sign of tribal allegiance. We have a problem in the community when people choose to hate free software instead of loving that someone cares enough to take their life's work and make it freely available."
Shuttleworth says that "I came to be disgusted with the hate" on Canonical's display server Mir, saying it "changed my opinion of the free software community."
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I'm glad he's still ought there trying. Ubuntu is a major accomplishment and even though its the collaborative product of tens of thousands of people it wouldn't exist without him. So he deserves slack (aka love).
Not so much. I'm not sure why he was so touchy about Mir; no one really wanted Mir, but lots of people wanted Unity, and are angry that he's abandoning that. But now, he's abandoning everything, and Ubuntu will be nothing more than a me-too look-alike Gnome3 distro. Remember, Gnome3 infamously eschews customization, so his distro's Gnome3 is going to look exactly like all the others, meaning there won't be much of a reason to use Ubuntu. He should have stuck with Unity, or perhaps adopted KDE and made a custom version of that with the Unity design. As it is, it seems like he's really just abandoning desktop Linux altogether, which I think is the absolute wrong action.