Re: There is a scary discussion on the Ubuntu Developers mail list.
This one is a tough call, given the fact I can see the incentive in what they are wishing to accomplish.. However, One change in this direction stems another, and another, until you've made Ubuntu as debilitating as windows. In the end, I think the developers are crossing the line if they would ultimately choose to inhibit functionality over fear in a free and Open source Operating System. The last I checked, (which was a few days ago) the first time you fire up a terminal window in a fresh installation of ubuntu, you are presented with the ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY disclaimer, Let me then, hold the responsibility of my actions and level of awareness.
Awareness is the solution to this problem. Making a solution tailored to the concept of "it just works" more difficult to use is not the right answer. If I want fear as a technological driver over innovation, I'll go back to running Windows.
ok, I won't go that far, but more likely, another Linux distribution lacking the self-assigned moral obligation to protect me from myself.
"Its easy to come up with new ideas, the hard part is letting go of what worked for you two years ago, but will soon be out of date." -Roger von Oech