[ubuntu-uk] Unity launcher ....

Alan Pope alan.pope at canonical.com
Fri Mar 23 22:04:03 UTC 2012

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On 23/03/12 21:45, Daniel Case wrote:
> On 23 March 2012 21:21, Neil Greenwood
> <neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com> wrote:
>> They spent lots of money testing different behaviours
> In my opinion, this is where the problem lies. The main people
> Linux attracts, no matter which way you look at it, are hackers (in
> the general sense).

That's exactly the problem we're trying to solve. Not asking the
target audience, but only asking hackers would be arrogant and
foolhardy. That's why we don't do that. We do listen to feedback, more
than you'd imagine, and decisions taken about design (for example) are
directly affected by user feedback. That doesn't happen for every
minute decision, but it happens.

We're also making it easier to buy computers with Ubuntu pre-installed
by talking to hardware vendors, to get it shipped from the factory.
It's hard work and takes a long time to do but we're getting there.

> Which brings me back to my first point, who's going to advocate
> Ubuntu if it annoys the hacker and makes life more difficult?

Those of us who do like it, do use it and believe it is the right path
for Ubuntu to take. If you don't then you have a number of options:-

* Install a different desktop environment on your Ubuntu system
* Join the discussion on the various Ubuntu development lists to
articulate how we're doing things wrong
* Test and file bugs when things don't work correctly
* Provide patches or programs to help Ubuntu & Unity to appeal

Personally I am in this for the long haul. Each 6 monthly release is
fantastic, but I'm thinking years away from now, and I'm happy to
persevere through the rough times because I think the long term goal
is worth it.

Frankly if people who are "inside" our community, "hackers" as you
call them aren't willing to get stuck in then Linux Mint, Debian,
Fedora and hundreds of other distros are -> that way. Enjoy!

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Alan Pope
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Canonical - Product Strategy
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