[ubuntu-art] Let the disappointments begin?

Adam gusztee at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 14:00:49 BST 2008

On Wed, 2008-10-01 at 13:46 +0100, Odysseus Flappington wrote:
> On 30/09/2008, Eric Appleman <erappleman at gmail.com> wrote:
>         If we keep bitching and moaning, then we might as well deserve
>         to be
>         stuck with Human (Murrine) as our default.
>         - Eric
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> There's a point where bitching and moaning becomes unproductive. But
> at the same time, realizing that Ubuntu has received a lot of hype
> regarding the new theme for probably a year now, and you don't let
> something like that get so hyped up and then expect everyone not to
> notice when you don't fulfill the expectation.
> Every single article, review and assessment of Ubuntu lately have
> promoted the idea that we would be receiving a new theme soon, and
> that hype is something that Ubuntu and Canonical have benefitted from.
> It's something we've all benefitted from as Ubuntu users.
> And all this time, not one officially affiliated Ubuntu/Canonical
> community member has disputed the introduction of the new theme in
> Intrepid. Hype, publicity and media is a dangerous thing and can
> backfire on you very easily. I personally think it would be a very bad
> PR move by Canonical/Ubuntu not to come through on the new theme,
> since it is dangerous to mismanage your users expectations so badly. 
> You or I may be able to say, whatever, I'll install my own theme. But
> I'm not sure that I can promote and advocate a product with which I
> personally am unhappy how my own expectations have been managed.
> I personally am very much hoping though, that this is a ballsy PR
> move, and that they're going to wait till everyone's completely up in
> arms about it, and then come through with a winning move. If that's
> the case, risky, but respect since they're taking the game to another
> level :P
> Alex

I totaly agree, it was a very bad move to disappoint the users, while
Ubuntu really needs an interface lift if wants to stay in competition
with OSX and Vista.


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