What do you think? Is Ubuntu becoming too commercialized? Now featured on Ubuntu’s website: Ubuntu TV. It looks pretty cool, but that’s not what this is about. I want opinions. I want to know what you think. For me, it was Ubuntu that pulled me away from depending on –and actively using– commercialized software. And now, I am questioning if Ubuntu has become a traitor.
Linux: the concept of using open source software. The vision of being able to use a computer efficiently and effectively without having a dependency on Microsoft software. After many years of having this ‘fatal attraction’ it was Ubuntu that enabled this fantasy become a reality.
Proprietary hardware and software: Bill Gates — sneaky, manipulative, greedy little troll… and leech. Steve Jobs — amazing artist, control freak and, quite honestly… human. The money went to his brain, just like it would have for me. There’s no denying that. But that’s not the topic.
I think Apple makes great stuff. But seriously, after paying for a product and becoming the legal owner of it, I should be able to go into my garage, pull a screwdriver out of my toolbox and easily have access to the inside of my iPhone. Not the case. Fine! But I should at least be able to purchase a screwdriver that will open it. Again, not the case. These screwdrivers and the screws are proprietary –or as close as Apple can get.
Disappointment. That’s more in-line with how I feel. Ubuntu is becoming the Microsoft of Linux. In my opinion a giant leap forward illustrating this occurred when Ubuntu released 11.04 with Unity. Total garbage. I will continue to use 10.04.3LTS until I can confirm that 12.04LTS will have that garbage of a shell purged from digital existence.
Prediction. Ubuntu is a business. They manage an open source operating system and have been slowly evolving and shaping it into a portal system that is used to solicit their products and services. This is a problem that will not go away. The only solution –assuming this is bothersome– is to pack up and move.
Solution. I always have Debian available in my back pocket. However, I also have my eyes on Slackware. If I do make the choice to move over to Slackware, I will have to learn a lot of new things. Slackware is it’s own base and entity. And everything I have learned so far with Linux –commands, administration, configurations, etc.– is based on Debian. Learning how to use Slackware will be challenging. The best analogy I can think to explain this would be like trying to incorporate U.S. Customary units after using the Metric system all your life. Or in my case, the complete opposite.
In my opinion, everything i am doing is worth my time and effort. It’s all about my goal. I do not want to depend on proprietary software. I am not a resource of profitability for commercial organizations. I am me. And I am the only one who owns me. Computers are not going away. Software systems the bring out the functionality in computers are also not going away. So the way I see it — I have two choices with how I accept computer technology as a major part of my life.
One — I let it control me. I willingly and voluntarily allow commercialized products to create limits, set boundaries and dictate what is and what isn’t possible.
Remember, I’m the guy who wants to get a screwdriver out of my garage just to open up my iPhone to see what it looks like on the inside — It’s harmless. I am curious… This is how I learn. I am not a threat to Apple. I am not going to steal their design and create a gPhone — g stands for Garry btw.)
Two — I put myself in control. I choose whether or not I want to limit myself or set boundaries. I dictate what is or what is not possible.
You can not live by option two using Microsoft products. Nor seemingly can you do the same using Ubuntu. They cashed out. And soon, I will be checking out. Ubuntu has officially become too commercialized for me to continue to use.
It goes against my values. It goes against my goals. In many ways Ubuntu has morphed itself into the oppositional force I stand against. And while undoubtably, Ubuntu is not Microsoft. –Ubuntu maintains an open source linux operating system. Microsoft sells a proprietary operating system– Ubuntu does have many strong similarities to Microsoft.
Unfortunately these are similarities that I do not like. Ironically my choice to soon abandon Ubuntu was ultimately caused by the creation of their product they called Unity. It was the final push that tipped me over the edge. With over 700 various linux distributions to choose from, there is no reason for me to continue using a commercialized by-product of one of the most amazing free and open source operating systems ever created –Debian. My choice with considering Slackwareis completely based on my desire to try something different during a pivot-able point in my journey of learning the most as I can about linux.