Universe move backlash
imnotb at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 12:23:43 UTC 2008
On 21/01/2008, Cody A.W. Somerville <cody-somerville at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Hello Developers & Jono,
> CC: ubuntu-marketing
> If you've heard my position on the migration of the xubuntu-specific
> packages to universe, my biggest concern was the community issues revolving
> around the move. Since the infrastructure for building the ISOs have been
> updated, the only difference between having the xubututu-specific packages
> in main and universe is the audience who can upload to that repository and
> small policies/procedures changes. However, this e-mail is not to rehash the
> number of concerns I had brought up but to address one specifically.
> Unfortunately, the migration from main to universe has resulted in confusion
> and some misleading news posts.
> For example:
> We also received our first confused user in #xubuntu shortly after the
> above article appeared on digg:
> [01:06] <bytor4232> So does this mean anything:
> [01:07] <bytor4232> Are just the packages moving to universe, or is
> Xubuntu as a project going away?
> [01:07] <bytor4232> I do so love the Xubuntu live CD.
> After I explained that the change had no direct effect on the end-user and
> that we would continue to provide the xubuntu-desktop package and Xubuntu
> ISOs, he expressed his original fears/interpretations:
> [01:29] <bytor4232> Whew.
> [01:30] <bytor4232> I'm extremely happy about that. My fear, and the fear
> of the digger at the link above, is that Ubuntu was trying to re-absorb all
> the specialized distro spinoffs, like xubuntu, edubuntu, and kubuntu.
> [01:31] <bytor4232> I like the fact that Ubuntu has specialized projects
> like Xubuntu.
> Jono/Marketing Team: Would it be possible to do something PR wise to
> defuse the situation?
> Cody A.W. Somerville
Luckily that article on Digg only has 12 Diggs as of now, I've already
buried it for inaccuracy and added a rectifying comment. We could also add a
notice on Xubuntu.org if anyone with more knowledge as to the reason of this
demotion than I have would be so kind as to prepare that notice.
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