You're really using a straw man fallacy. Microsoft was training Best Buy employees to believe Linux was bad. Half of America gets their tech advice from Best Buy, so if the Best Buy employees believe Linux is bad, then that is impacting a huge swath of the population. Most Best Buy employees have never used Linux before, so they cannot see through the FUD. Steve Ballmer really doesn't matter though, since no one listens to him, and most customers really don't know who he is; they believe Bill Gates is still the CEO of Microsoft. In this case though, we have a very elite group of technically minded people who will be making the decision of Wayland vs X vs Mir for their particular distro, and those people know enough about Wayland to see the falsehoods in what Canonical stated. The people who download and install distros do not care what display server they're using, as long as it works. You are one of the very, very few exceptions to that, but as you've noted, you can see through their FUD, and so their FUD does not impact you. At all. Those distro maintainers will still use Wayland, and therefore you won't even have to worry about changing out the display server to be less tainted by Canonical. Remind me again how this impacts anyone. Your anger is unwarranted. If they had left the FUD up after it had been disproven, then your anger might be justified, since maybe, possibly, one day in a future where end users care about display servers, they would look back at the past and have negative feelings towards Wayland because of an article from Canonical that they found on the subject. Since during the time period that the article was up, it had no impact on anyone's perception of Wayland, and the statement has since been retracted and will never have an impact on anyone's perception of Wayland, it is anger for the sake of anger. Get out more, talk to people. You can ask everyone you see on the street what their favorite display server is, and not a one of them will tell you Mir, or even X or Wayland. They don't care. So let the technical maintainers do their job where they will look past the FUD and you will not be affected.
Originally Posted by Luke_Wolf
Last edited by coder543; 03-08-2013 at 01:35 PM.
There's nothing wrong with disagreement, but anger and resentment are not called for or desirable. It's childish. I sincerely doubt it will impact compatibility, as the whole of Unity Next is based on Qt5, so even that is dubious. Qt5 is perfectly capable of being used cross platform, and as you say, developers are aware of the other distros.
Originally Posted by scionicspectre
Originally Posted by coder543
This isn't a strawman because the issue is about being angry over foul play, which there's some very strong points going in that favour, not many ones that say to the contrary. Here's the thing about your example, when was the last time you walked into a best buy and saw linux running on a computer for sale (not counting android or chromeOS). For that matter when was the last time you walked into any major electronics or computer store and saw that? Am I right in my guess that you say maybe a few during the height of netbooks and at no other time? So given that and given most people don't care enough to install or even investigate alternative OSes (Hell they don't even know what they're running they think their office version is their OS) how much effect do you think that really had? Marginal if any right? so going by your own rules isn't it childish to be angry at them over that?
Foul play is foul play and people have a right and even a duty to be angry over it, no matter if it effects a few people or a bunch it's still foul play. Not to try to invoke Godwin's law here but there's a poem that's relevant to this whole idea of "it doesn't effect me so why should I or anyone else care? It's childish to get angry over it":
Originally Posted by Father Martin Niemöller