Marks' "Notifications, indicators and alerts" article

Martin Owens doctormo at
Tue Dec 23 06:14:50 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 23:38 -0500, Bill Ricker wrote:
> My initial reaction to the demo was like Mike's, but as I read Mark's
> explanation, I am willing to give it a chance. He's right, it's
> controversial. And it's an area worth thinking outside thzbox.
> If i can't configure which chats/chatrooms get into Notification when,
> I'll want a second client that doesn't play with it for high bandwidth
> chats ...

What concerns me more is not what Mark is saying (as such) but how he
says it. I'm starting to see a drifting of ideals and motivation where
Canonical people no longer consider themselves a part of the community,
but instead consider the community a resource to be used or a best a
nuisance necessary to placate.

Not that I think Mark has gone this far at all. But I'm hearing it in
how people phrase things. How they are obviously thinking about
community, company and themselves in changing ways.

I talked to Jono about this today. It's something he's noted too. I'm
not sure what can be done, but I know that having OEMs as Canonical's
only direct customers of value is likely to warp staffer's view points


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