Ubuntu is losing it's Ubuntu
Release Using: 13.04
I am not bringing up this topic to discourage anyone or to put down the Ubuntu distrobution itself but I've recently converted to a vegetarian diet. As a result (after three days), I have to say I feel like my entire system has been cleaned out and upgraded. Upon reading about the critical condition of Nelson Mandela, I grew nastalgic for the olden days of Ubuntu (many of the older members of the community can remember where a video of his was distrobuted with the distro itself) where I came upon what I would classify as a bug. If the first bug could be that Linux didn't have a major share of desktop world, then this bug is equally as important. I would like to say that I do not wish to devalue the years of work put into this great OS or demean the hundreds of man hours that programmers have slaved over something given away to the general public for FREE (as in BEER). To show even a bit of the feeling I'm having, I would like to share the original video which has been distributed IN past copies of Ubuntu itself as an attachment: http://
Ubuntu's original images were simple and humanistic by nature. They didn't look like every other "pretty" image online and they inspired people to take part in making the distro better. They weren't marked by trying to be better-
As a senior of this community, I have cheered and praised this distro from nearly the beginning. One of Ubuntu's original goals has been to keep an entire OS on one CD for ease of storage and compatibility for the user. It used to be distributed with logos of actual people forming the "Circle of Friends" by embracing oneanother's arms. The desktop used to be able to have some of the most stunning animations with a simple installation of compiz-settings and a little creativity. Those animations are what brought MANY people to the Ubuntu desktop. It stood out and didn't blend in with everything else b/c it was built on "Ubuntu" the concept. Now, the Ubuntu desktop has been locked down. The best animation an average user could hope to achieve is changing the color of the window outline when it's being moved, or changing the windows opacity while it's moved. Though the code is open, because few understand the code, the settings which once freed the users for customization, have been locked up. "Linux for human beings" has become "Linux for corporations". Each and every release of this wonderful distro seems to step away from the costumization of the users and towards the inclusion of corporate plugins. I can communicate with Facebook friends, stay in sync with my timeline, surf amazon, youtube, vimeo. . . from my desktop without even a browser but I cannot turn my desktop into a cube and flip, rotate, flatten it into something which looks like a film-strip anymore. This gone from an advanced, personalizable, intuitive, helpful, compassionate community driven desktop, to a corporately maintained distrobution which is no different than the system it first tried to break away from. It's being compiled by mindless drones who are following everyone else's perception of what beauty is instead of looking with their own hearts. When this happens, true art is lost. It's no longer about the emotions but about what everyone else thinks is "pretty." Everyone else on the other hand is looking to the rest of society, and they're looking to the rest of society. . . and so forth.
What I expected to happen:
I expected to open my laptop to a fully configurable desktop which integrated a community of proud users, innovative features, customizable features, community driven help, gaps I could fill in for other users, translation services and a direct link from user to developer which didn't mean the user had to run through hoop after hoop to get there.
NOTE: You can do whatever you'd like with this bug. It's not directed to anyone in particular and isn't for discouragement. It's to edify this distrobution. I have nothing but positive reviews for this OS and I know this is a religious independent OS but each and every religion has it's golden nuggets. Being Agnostic I try to keep up with the nuggets of quite a few of them and in the Christian bible, it says something along the lines of every man having his own gift, for the edification of the group. When I look to distrobutions past, these are some of the things I wished we would've held onto. The things which I feel I should bring to the community for it's edification. Thanks for your time in reading this.
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 13.04
Uname: Linux 3.8.0-25-generic x86_64
Date: Sun Jun 23 20:35:37 2013
InstallationDate: Installed on 2013-06-15 (8 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring Ringtail" - Release amd64 (20130424)
PATH=(custom, no user)
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
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