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posted by n1 on Tuesday April 11 2017, @01:29AM   Printer-friendly
from the politics dept.

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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  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by VLM on Tuesday April 11 2017, @01:51PM

    by VLM (445) on Tuesday April 11 2017, @01:51PM (#492252)

    So he's kinda touchy about having to kill Mir. I won't begrudge him that, he did put his own money into it, he earned the right to feel bad about having to kill it, even if the blame is (or is not) misplaced.

    That's fairly insightful that the entire story boils down to "waaah the systemd guys at redhat successfully product-tied themselves into every distro for later submarine patent reasons or pure hubris or maybe stupidity it don't matter the point is why can't I join in and force everyone to bend to my will too, waaaah"

    Followed by a bunch of idiocy about it "obviously" being a right wing conspiracy because in the current year thats the easy way out. Hillary didn't lose because she sucked and her political ideas are obsolete, its, um, the Russian hackers yeah thats it. Everyone loved Hillary and 60s hippie BS but the hackers stole the election. So obviously its the same thing with Mir, we can't discuss the real problem so we'll just blame the whole thing on gun nuts and climate denial and white males.

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