Wow! Reading some rationales for Canonical’s shift to Unity, I found this gem in an article in Thinq:
“other [Linux] distributions are not as focused on bringing a free desktop to market”
Also revealed, Ubuntu does not intend to port to ARM nor to tablets…
They must have tried to change speed or direction on an icy road. They are in the ditch. As the world of IT becomes more diverse, they want to specialize in an area of zero growth, the old-fashioned desktop.
Other distros certainly are operating towards the goal of producing a great desktop product, every bit as much as Ubuntu. How Ubuntu feels that any of this is about wooing users of that other OS with prettier interfaces is beyond me. This is about breaking the stranglehold of a convicted monopolist and Ubuntu has done some good work with OEMs to open things up but the problems remaining are not glitz. People want software that works and many distros give them that.
Not planning a release for tablets is bizarre. There’s way too much glitz in GNU/Linux already. We have 3D and wobbly. What more do people need?
Go, Debian. Ubuntu has lost its way.