Clients pay for Windows without knowing it. Linux is about give the choice back (even to those that don't want to chose immediately: see what did happen with Vista)
Back in topic: Ubuntu come with a default set of tools... which don't include just gnome but brasero, totem and other software. It's not meant to restrict you to this software.
Probably Mark would evaluate to switch to KDE (see the way lucid look), and the existence of Kubuntu project did stop him to evaluate the switch.
Anyway, it wouldn't surprise me if Canonical would end to make a it's own DE... which isn't possible. By sure canonical wouldn't miss the number of user to justify any project.
Look how much Ubuntu is sticky with Compiz: allow single-click for enable proprietary driver (nvidia) is something you didn't see in many other linux distro.
To me, looks like Canonical is on way to make their own way to provide DE with the freedom of choice that Microsoft and Apple grant to themselves.
Which is not a bad thing since Ubuntu offer (now and future) the most wide rage of DE than anyother Distro I'd see: IMHO.
Last edited by Ylon; April 27th, 2010 at 07:43 PM.
Sorry for my bad EnglishBefore buy ↛Check your hardware↚ is compatible on Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility List.
Anyway, the desktop environment is definitely not the OS, especially if you are like me and some times choose to run without a desktop environment.
There is a Gubuntu out there somewhere, though. Or Goobuntu, actually. You have to work at Google (Google + Ubuntu) to get your grubby little mitts on it. About half of Google's employees use it.
There also used to be an official Gobuntu distro consisting of all free software. There were 7,10 and 8.04 LTS releases; after that, Shuttleworth decided (correctly, I think) that those efforts would be better focused on helping gNewSense rather than duplicating labor.
Last edited by Foster Grant; April 28th, 2010 at 05:29 PM. Reason: Avoiding the dreaded double-post.
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Everyone who chanted "Drill, baby, drill!" in 2008 now has to report to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico for oil-spill cleanup duty.