The mission of Ubuntu is to achieve the largest market share possible. So of course popularity is the driving factor in my thought process. Canonical may be incompetent in talking to the community and may have lost some focus for a while here and there but Ubuntu is still a solid OS and the first choice for people that come from Windows. Canonical isn't perfect nobody is arguing that it is. You just demonize it and make some relatively small issues dealbreakers.I hate to point out something PAINFULLY obvious, to almost anyone with half a brain; popularity is not mutually exclusive to quality. - and if that is how you measure this kind thing (which by your own admission, apparently you do) - then i guess you are one of these folk's who would jump of a cliff (to your death) just because everyone else was. You also avoided my question and it does not change the fact (nor did you even dispute!), that Canonical is desperate and incompetent.
It's great to see that popularity is the driving factor in your thought process. I assume you only value top40 music, as well?
And yes the businessman in me only values top40 music. Don't start with the bullshit that you only listen to mozart and bach as a way of seeming superior.
Again you choose to ignore the number of developers that are involved in those projects. I said that you can't tell which one will get finished faster without knowing how many people are working on it. I said programming exercise meaning they did it for kicks, there was no real need for it. Just like the Windows 8 metro shit. Unity may not be a huge contribution in terms of code but in terms of popularizing desktop linux.i don't think that you are qualified to call any DE a "programming exercise" based on your previous comments about Unity being some huge contribution to open source, and it's development pace vs. Gnome 3... you're laughable dude. no clue at all. just a fanboy grasping at straws..
There was a study and it showed that people basically install Ubuntu and leave the default interface on. You can find it yourself.If these are the 'specifics' that you have come up with, please just SFTU. you're not doing yourself any favors here, nor have you made a single compelling argument. Unity is the closest - says who? YOU <- right? So now, i am to take your personal opinion as being factual in nature??!?! ROFL..lolololololol You know that Unity has had plenty of bad reviews by many people and that an ubuntu derivative became #1 on distrowatch (and still is) in part because the Default Ubuntu experience (ie: Unity) isn't as popular as you think, it is. (ie: alternate DEs are quite popular in Ubuntu). It would seem to me, that if Unity is the closest, than by that logic - Ubuntu's default GUI should be far more popular - hell, by now shouldn't Unity be in every distro then?
Yes Unity is a big contribution. And it will integrate nicely with the mobile version of Ubuntu. It's a big contribution in the sense that when people see it they don't run away scared. What you don't know is that when you say linux to most people it means CLI. If linux becomes more popular not only Canonical will benefit from it.Completely fallacious.. Now you are changing the scope/direction of my reply and not addressing it (in a very disingenuous way, to boot. probably because you're too much of a pussy to just admit your mistake) - My point was challenging your position that Unity was some big contribution (which it's not). It's not nearly as big as you thought, it's not a freedesktop standard and only really serves Ubuntu/Canonical's interests... You were wrong, end of story. ...hardcore code that no one uses?!? - you mean like the majority of software that Ubuntu is built on that they don't contribute to, right? lol... I wasn't talking about obscure code that no one uses, dummy.
Yep that is the only metric that matters. See if you have a business you have clients. And the only think that matters is that those clients think that you are useful for them. That's it. The rest doesn't exist.....and if the only metric you care about is what other people think about something - you're pathetic. Those other metrics ALL matter, to some degree or another...and being as you are ignorant on everything except 'what the masses, think' (well, your interpretation of that, anyway.), your uninformed (and ill-formed) opinions mean absolutely fsck all... I hate to have to explain this to you, but you are 1 person NOT the entire planet, pal. - thus, you do not speak for all of them, you just claim to...
Except Ubuntu isn't affected by their stumbles. It's not a good analogy. They are not lowering the quality of Ubuntu because some wayland devs got pissed at them....and/or they are desperate for money and make bad decisions, which is analogous to a car manufacturer 'cutting corners' and making an inferior, shite or even dangerous product. I'm sorry, that you weren't capable of understanding my simple analogy - but it quite apt and still stands...