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Canonical Founder wades into open sauce purists

by on10 April 2017

Disgusted by the hate

Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth says that he has become disgusted with the level of hate in the free software community.

Last week he pulled his unpopular Unity product from Ubuntu releases and replaced it with the more politically correct GNOME interface.

However, Shuttleworth said that his Unity experience changed his opinion of the free software community. Having a bit of a rant on Canonical's display server Mir, Shuttleworth said: "I used to think that it was a privilege to serve people who also loved the idea of service, but now I think many members of the free software community are just deeply anti-social types who love to hate on whatever is mainstream. When Windows was mainstream they hated on it. Rationally, Windows does many things well and deserves respect for those.

“And when Canonical went mainstream, it became the focus of irrational hatred too. The very same muppets would write about how terrible it was that IOS/Android had no competition and then how terrible it was that Canonical was investing in (free software!) compositing and convergence. Fuck that shit."

He said that the whole Mir hate-fest boggled his mind as the software was still free that does something invisible really well.

“It became a political topic as irrational as climate change or gun control, where being on one side or the other was a sign of tribal allegiance. We have a problem in the community when people choose to hate free software instead of loving that someone cares enough to take their life's work and make it freely available."

Last modified on 10 April 2017
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