Ubuntu, the human face of linux is supposed to be organic, right? Well folks, by the looks of things it would seem Mark Shuttleworth is caving into pressure from the anti-brown mob and the next release could end up being green or blue.
No kidding. Eucalyptus is like green bamboo. But here is a reason why sticking to the organic look and feel makes sound marketing sense. Ubuntu is an African philosophy. Attaching Nelson Mandela’s principle number 1 to the Linux kernel has made Ubuntu Linux the world’s number 1 Linux distribution. Why dump Madiba in favour of some digital lager lout?
There are bound to be trials and tribulations, tests of the audacity of hope which has lead to an African distro going where no other distros have gone before.
Which is why I wondered in an earlier posting, why the latest Jaunty is looking rather too close to Satanic Edition for comfort and appears to be avoiding the spiritual path of the now discontinued Christian Edition? Yes, I know this looks like the devil is getting the upper hand, and a lot about Ubuntu Satanic Edition is getting lost in the conversation about Ubuntu ME and the withdrawal of Canonical support for the use of the trademark. (Is this any way to treat Muslim users?)
Which is why I suggest Canonical and the Ubuntu Community should try to look past the petty foibles of its founder towards the next inspirational goal. Ubuntu Gandhi Edition (Ubuntu GE) is said to have all the organic look and feel of earlier Ubuntu releases, but with none of the marketing BS.
If the missing saintly materialism of earlier Ubuntu editions are getting you down, when compared to the slick new Jaunty, why not reach out to the universal logos which is Ubuntu Gandhi Edition. Ubuntu GE will include an all new Satyagraha package manager which promises to the return sandals and loincloth of software development to the holistic perspectives and lofty heights of an ethical distribution which is presumably still based upon peace, love and human understanding.
Not to be outdoned, developers in Washington are planning an “Obamabuntu” which could be, well groovy. Put hipness back where it belongs, in the hips of those who carry laptops. Snoop Ports in the offing? More later.