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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Criticizing Microsoft which is a abusive monopoly is perfectly alright. To refer that as love to hate whatever is mainstream misses the point completely. And says more about Shuttleworth than anything else. Adding to that, equaling such criticism with ad-hominem that such persons are anti social just makes Shuttleworth ready for the trashcan.
So when Canonical went mainstream, the effects were felt all over the place ie mainstream. So all the flaws became more obvious and more important to get rectified. The mainstream player also have tendencies to use their domination leverage to direct other peoples resources like developer time. So yeah.. deal with the criticism safe space special snow fling that can't handle a central position and what goes with it.
Adding to that by trying to fragment with yet-another-graphic-server, it better be better than what exists.(is it?)
I suspect Unity is a resource hog without much additional usefulness?