[OT] Ubuntu Should Be Forked!

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 20:32:07 UTC 2012

On 01/30/2012 04:09 AM, Swapnil Bhartiya wrote:
> http://www.muktware.com/articles/3252/ubuntu-should-be-forked
> I have been a long time Ubuntu user, been using it since 2006. I loved
> it and have been installing it on user's PC until version 11.04 came out
> with Unity. Before you get a wrong impression let me make it clear that
> I love to try new things as long as they don't come in between me and my
> work.
> I started using Unity since its alpha days and am currently running
> Ubuntu 12.04 with HUD and KDE 4.8. The reason is simple -- I am curious
> and love trying new things. I am also running openSUSE with Gnome 3 to
> stay updated with the latest development.
> I am not certain if I will continue to use Ubuntu after 12.04 if they
> force HUD on me. Mark Shuttleworth has given clear indication that HUD
> will ultimately replace the menus. I don't know what he meant by that.
> When he introduced Unity has specifically said that this doesn't make
> much sense for bigger screens and now we are all stuck with Unity and
> Global Menus. We have seem mass exodus from Ubuntu to Linux Mint. Most
> of my associates have moved to Linux Mint and DistroWatch is an
> indicator of that migration.

Jeeeez... just use KDE or XFCE or Mint then. Ubuntu supports those as 
well, through their noble efforts to make the Ubuntu platform open as 
possible. If you don't want HUD, don't use it. It's like complaining 
about limping home with a flat tire when you have a spare in the trunk. 
IYou cannot claim that Mark Shuttleworth has restricted your choices in 
any way, as that is not true.

And, if MicroSoft, or some other patent squatter, decides to sue over 
drop down menus, we'll be in the unmistakable clear, and 
Mint/KDE/XFCE/LXDE and the rest, including SUSE and Red Hat will be 
scrambling like mad, at the last minute, to adopt a HUD scheme. Mark 
didn't make his dough by being stupid. I think he's staying ahead of the 
game and just might know a thing or two neither you nor I nor anyone 
else does. There is that, as his decisions are above our pay grade.

Myself, I plan on using a USB headset and bark voice commands at my HUD 
desktop. That will be a fun toy, for sure. For now, I use XFCE (Xubuntu) 
and I'm happier than a little clam with it.

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