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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Wow, really? (I wrote the headline, in case it isn't obvious.)
However, the way I see it, he has absolutely badmouthed those who've criticized him, particularly with Mir. But I never intended to imply he had any positions on climate change or gun control, though now I see how you read it that way, so I apologize for that. The real truth is that I mainly copied this from a Slashdot article summary, and tried to change it around some, adding another link to a second BetaNews article about Mark addressing the Mir criticism directly, and focusing on that more. But I'll admit I don't make submissions very often (this is probably only my second since I joined this site, back when the site started).
Anyway, unless I'm mistaken I can't update the headline. Heck, I can't even see the submission queue any more; I saw it once yesterday, but then after I submitted this, there seems to be no way for me to see the submission queue any more.