ubuntu lacks ideas, firefox is full of ideas

Alexander Etter rhettnaxel at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 20:14:25 UTC 2011

On Nov 18, 2011, at 14:45, Pedro Bessa <pedbessa at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Ubuntu-desktop,
> I can change Firefox in any way. I can position, edit, remove and add any interface element however I think is useful to the others. So I created two add-ons. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/addon-tools-in-app-button/ and https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ubiquity-in-awesomebar/
> I reported many bugs to Ubuntu.
> To make you patch them, I need to convince you that the bug is so important that you need to work, which is very hard.
> To make me patch them, I need to convince you that the bug is important, otherwise the patch won't be approved, which is hard, then I need to patch the bug, which is hard, then I need you to approve the code, which is hard, so it's triple hard.
> To develop an app, I need to code my work and others will see my name, rate it high, install it lots, congratulate me by e-mail, recognize my work, which it's fun, then I need your approval to the Ubuntu Software Store and you put a huge effort in it, you want more apps, which it's fun, then I show you since the app's popular, the bug is important and according to xkcd, I'm correcting a person on the internet, it's an important task, which it's fun, so it's triple fun.
> The Unity API is minimal. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Unity/LauncherAPI I can't position, I can't edit, I can't remove and I can't add anything.
> You said you don't want customizeability (I mean, you make unity have unmodifiable defaults) and you said you want more apps (I mean, you put a huge effort in the Ubuntu Software Store), but these two things are a contradication, because *if we can't do anything, why should we develop apps for you*?
> Plus, Firefox writes tutorials that start from overview, allow to go in-depth, have examples and I think Ubuntu should do that too.
> Best regards,
> Pedro Bessa
I am glad I found this email. I can relate to it in many ways. I've tried to get involved in developing Ubuntu, but nobody has reached out. 11.10 is so bad on my machine I reverted to 10.04. I never liked Unity, it's silly and implies heavy use of the mouse. I want to use the keyboard to navigate everything. 
And I like firefox too.
Just my thoughts on this matter; I don't intend to start a war but a thoughtful discussion if anything.
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