Nice -rude- necro, how about engaging in debate when a thread's still "well & truly" active.Linux is all about choice, right?
Ubuntu is a choice. Mir is a choice. It's not like Microsoft where you have to accept what's offered.
The way I see it is this: Linux offers an alternative to Windows. Ubuntu offers an alternative for those who favor ease of operation. Mint offers an alternative to Ubuntu. So do dozens of other Ubuntu derivatives, recognized and unrecognized by Canonical (Mint, btw, is not recognized). Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Cent, Arch, PC Linux OS, etc. offer an alternative outside the Ubuntu universe.
If you don't like Ubuntu, don't use it. But a lot of people like it. Most who use it didn't get it pre-installed, they chose to download and install it themselves. National governments are switching their entire computer operations over to Ubuntu. That's quite an achievement, especially since it didn't involve M$-style coercion, but rather a combination of creating a user-friendly version of Linux and savvy marketing.
But like I said, ditch it if it's not for you. Just don't drop a turd on everyone who likes Ubuntu just because you don't. Use and let use. We're not preventing you from using your favorite distro. And if Canonical ends up making an unholy mess out of Ubuntu, they won't be able to prevent anyone from switching to Mint or Debian or Crunchbang or even Easy Peasy. Which is probably why they won't make an unholy mess out of it - not if they want to survive.
As for Canonical not using a Real Linux display manager - what is Real Linux, anyway? Linux is the kernel. The rest is all GNU or other add-ons. Or is it more of an idea? One where if everyone doesn't get their two cents in it's not "Real Linux"? Linux is a community, but it's a fractal one and has been from the start. The idea is that you can stick with the choices available, offer your own improvements to them, or reject the available choices outright and strike out to create your own.
Or you can bitch about it on the internet using false comparisons and flimsy logic.
If you had the balls to, I can guarantee you'd get utterly smashed with your "false comparisons & flimsy logic".