I hope that Canonical is not spending 100s of 1000s of $$ without a good outcome. If Mir fails then...I will be annoyed.
Did I mention that in my native language, Mir means death.
It's not a failure for users, it didn't become the most popular distro for no reason, but it has failed to be a profitable investment for Canonical.
What's coming is not Ubuntu as we know it, and contributing to the Linux ecosystem is not a priority, if it ever was, Canonical being profitable is.
To achieve that Ubuntu has given it's back to the Linux ecosystem's plans, and in response KDE, Gnome, and Enlightenment have their given back to Ubuntu's plans too, but although these moves might have surprised many of us, that was hardly unexpected for Canonical, they did expect it and they have been developing the most basic programs for their new system too (calculator, rss reader...).
The new Ubuntu will be Linux as Android or Tizen are Linux, not as Debian or Fedora are.
And while I'm already waving good bye to the Ubuntu I knew and liked for my PC, I hope they manage to make a dent in a market where currently Android is the least bad option.
But making Debian more user friendly and writing a whole mobile OS are different beasts, and if we leave brand recognition aside, there are much better positioned alternatives.
Last edited by tartalo; March 15th, 2013 at 09:09 PM.