Universe move backlash
Cody A.W. Somerville
cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Mon Jan 21 20:23:11 UTC 2008
On Jan 21, 2008 8:23 AM, Vincent <imnotb at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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: http://digg.com/linux_unix/Xubuntu_is_no_longer_supported_by_Canonical
> > 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:
> > http://digg.com/linux_unix/Xubuntu_is_no_longer_supported_by_Canonical
> > [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?
> > Thanks,
> > Cody
> > --
> > 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.
It isn't a demotion. Simply a migration. :)
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