In my mind, Ubuntu is a mass of contradiction, and I’ve never quite been able to wrap my head around it.
Ubuntu, at its base concept, I get. They’re “Debian-based”, according to their documentation
Ubuntu builds on the foundations of Debian’s architecture and infrastructure, but has a different community and release process.
So they have no real relationship with the Debian team. They’re not upstream or downstream. They just like apt-get and the funky way Debian configures apache? It just has never made sense to me. Ubuntu is apparently a pretty good desktop OS (I haven’t used it since 8.10), but its LTS concept is a poor excuse for an enterprise operating system. And then there’s Canonical and the apparent attempt to make Ubuntu a product? or monetize it? IDK. They’re doing something but it isn’t clear to me.
If they really thought Unity was the way to go, why not convince the rest of the GUI developers around the world? I can’t imagine that if the powers that make Gnome and KDE and LXFCE and all of the other great window managers out there really thought Unity was where it was going to be, they wouldn’t either incorporate the concepts (making them all stronger) or rally behind a single standard. Instead they are going at it alone and alienating their community in the process.
My thoughts aren’t all together on this.
This article got me thinking about it. Just not a cool way to run an “open source” project, IMHO.